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* Russian tales like ''Literature/TheDeathOfKoscheiTheDeathless'' and ''Literature/TsarevichPetrAndTheWizard'' have Koschei the Immortal. His soul/heart (a vortex of flame) is hidden inside a needle, which is hidden inside an egg, which is hidden inside a duck, which is hidden inside a hare, which is kept in an iron chest, which is buried under an oak tree (or chained to the branches), on an island that flickers in and out of existence. Someone ''still'' manages to find it and destroy it. Koschei is immortal until his soul is destroyed.
** See above ShoutOut by ''Literature/BridgeOfBirds''.



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* Koschei the Immortal, out of Russian myth -- his soul/heart (a vortex of flame) is hidden inside a needle, which is hidden inside an egg, which is hidden inside a duck, which is hidden inside a {{bear|sAreBadNews}}, which is kept in an iron chest, which is buried under an oak tree (or chained to the branches), on an island that flickers in and out of existence. Someone ''still'' manages to find it and destroy it. Koschei is immortal until his soul is destroyed.
** See above ShoutOut by '"Literature/BridgeOfBirds''.

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[[folder:Mythology]]
* Koschei the Immortal, out of Russian myth -- his soul/heart (a vortex of flame) is hidden inside a needle, which is hidden inside an egg, which is hidden inside a duck, which is hidden inside a {{bear|sAreBadNews}}, which is kept in an iron chest, which is buried under an oak tree (or chained to the branches), on an island that flickers in
[[folder:Mythology and out of existence. Someone ''still'' manages to find it and destroy it. Koschei is immortal until his soul is destroyed.
** See above ShoutOut by '"Literature/BridgeOfBirds''.
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* Not a heart, but a close neighbor: researchers have built a machine to keep human lungs alive outside the body, to keep them fresh much longer for transplant. You can find videos of the disembodied lungs under a glass dome, ''breathing''.

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* Not a heart, but a close neighbor: researchers have built a machine to keep human lungs alive outside the body, to keep them fresh much longer for transplant. You can find videos of the disembodied lungs under a glass dome, ''breathing''.breathing.



** And I thought what they did in ''Series/{{House}}'' was fake...


* In volume five of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure: Gold Experience'', Bruno Buccarati uses his Stand's ability to create zippers to remove his own heart and ''pick it apart'', just to stop it from beating and thereby alerting the enemy of his position. Earlier, during ''Starlight Crusaders'', Jotaro had his Stand grab his own heart and stop it for the very same reason.

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* In volume five of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure: Gold Experience'', Bruno Buccarati uses his Stand's ability to create zippers to remove his own heart and ''pick it apart'', just to stop it from beating and thereby alerting the enemy of his position. Earlier, during ''Starlight ''Stardust Crusaders'', Jotaro had his Stand grab his own heart and stop it for the very same reason.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman2006'': Zeus digs Milohai's beating heart out of his chest to use it as the heart for the new incarnation of Achilles he's building.

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* At the end of ''Film/RamboLastBlood'', Rambo kills [[BigBad Hugo Martinez]] by disemboweling his chest and ripping out his still beating heart.

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* ''Film/{{Savaged}}'': During the showdown at the mine, Zoe kills [[spoiler:Wes]], and then emerges from behind cover nad extends his still beating heart towards [[spoiler:Trey]].


* [[spoiler: In Chapter 8 of ''Manga/JujutsuKaisen'', the king of curses, Ryomen Sukuna, kills Yuuji by tearing his heart out while controlling his body, as payback for using him carelessly.]]

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* [[spoiler: In Chapter 8 of ''Manga/JujutsuKaisen'', [[spoiler: the king of curses, Ryomen Sukuna, kills Yuuji by tearing his heart out while controlling his body, as payback for using him carelessly.]]

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*[[spoiler: In Chapter 8 of ''Manga/JujutsuKaisen'', the king of curses, Ryomen Sukuna, kills Yuuji by tearing his heart out while controlling his body, as payback for using him carelessly.]]


** In the ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' quest 'Mehrunes Razor', you find that the final test that must be passed to obtain the eponymous artifact is to devour the still-beating heart of Mehrunes' previous champion -- after you've torn it from his chest, that is. Doing so will turn you into a vampire, if you haven't already immunized yourself.

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** In the ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' quest 'Mehrunes Razor', "Mehrunes Razor," you find that the final test that must be passed to obtain the eponymous artifact is to devour the still-beating heart of Mehrunes' previous champion -- after you've torn it from his chest, that is. Doing so will turn you into a vampire, if you haven't already immunized yourself.



* In the [[VideoGame/ShadowWarrior2013 Shadow Warrior remake]], you can use a Demon Heart, which you can get off dead demons, as a one-shot weapon that kills every lesser enemy in front of you.

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* In the [[VideoGame/ShadowWarrior2013 ''[[VideoGame/ShadowWarrior2013 Shadow Warrior remake]], Warrior]]'' remake, you can use a Demon Heart, which you can get off dead demons, as a one-shot weapon that kills every lesser enemy in front of you.



** Especially notable in one [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henrietta_Lacks particular case]].

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** Especially notable in one [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henrietta_Lacks particular case]].case.]]



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikizukuri Ikizukuri]], translated to "Prepared alive", involves a chef butchering their meal (usually a fish) in such a way that it's still alive when served; depending on where you eat, they may put the heart on display in an easily viewed spot, still beating away for a few minutes.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikizukuri Ikizukuri]], Ikizukuri,]] translated to "Prepared alive", involves a chef butchering their meal (usually a fish) in such a way that it's still alive when served; depending on where you eat, they may put the heart on display in an easily viewed spot, still beating away for a few minutes.


-->-- '''Music/TomLehrer''', "The Masochism Tango", ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer''

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-->-- '''Music/TomLehrer''', "The Masochism Tango", Tango," ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer''



* The ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation'' four-part episode "Unchain My Heart" had the Turtles fight a vampire named Vam Mi, who was sealed away without her heart and tried to get it back in her body before she'd crumble to dust.

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* The ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation'' four-part episode "Unchain My Heart" had the Turtles fight a vampire named Vam Mi, who Mi. She was sealed away without her heart and tried she spent the episodes trying to get it back in into her body before she'd crumble she crumbled to dust.


* PlayedForLaughs in ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel'', when [[spoiler:Elena extracts her boyfriend Taizou's heart as she performs PsychicSurgery [[MundaneUtility to relieve his hangover.]] She's so giddy that she kisses and caresses it gently as the NightmareFetishist she is, then puts it back in him... and a liiiiiiittle more to the left than intended.]]

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* ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel'':
** The heart of Suspiriorum kept beating even after she was beheaded and dismembered, and was recovered by her sister Lachrymarum and used to create [[FrankensteinsMonster Berna]].
**
PlayedForLaughs in ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel'', one chapter when [[spoiler:Elena extracts her boyfriend Taizou's heart as she performs PsychicSurgery [[MundaneUtility to relieve his hangover.]] She's so giddy that she kisses and caresses it gently as the NightmareFetishist she is, then puts it back in him... and a liiiiiiittle more to the left right than intended.]]


* Somehow ''ComicBook/ScudTheDisposableAssassin'' manages to combine this trope with TearJerker and ChekhovsGun: In the end it turns out that Jeff's heart, [[spoiler:being forged by God himself, is completely indestructible. This means that Jeff will never die, and the now-suicidal Scud will never complete his original mission (meaning he won't ever self-destruct), meaning he can't finish the last job given him by the Seraphim: destroying Earth. Even as Jeff's body is ripped open and finally dies, the heart beats on. Of course, later Scud takes the heart with him into battle with the Seraphim, which in the end proves to save his life: by placing the heart in Sussudio's ribcage it reanimates her, and the first thing she does is greet Scud cheerfully. Of course, the second thing she does is [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome PUNCH AN ANGEL IN THE BRAINS]]]]. WhoWantsToLiveForever indeed!

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* Somehow ''ComicBook/ScudTheDisposableAssassin'' manages to combine this trope with TearJerker and ChekhovsGun: In the end it turns out that Jeff's heart, [[spoiler:being forged by God himself, is completely indestructible. This means that Jeff will never die, and the now-suicidal Scud will never complete his original mission (meaning he won't ever self-destruct), meaning he can't finish the last job given him by the Seraphim: destroying Earth. Even as Jeff's body is ripped open and finally dies, the heart beats on. Of course, later Scud takes the heart with him into battle with the Seraphim, which in the end proves to save his life: by placing the heart in Sussudio's ribcage it reanimates her, and the first thing she does is greet Scud cheerfully. Of course, the second thing she does is [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome PUNCH AN ANGEL IN THE BRAINS]]]]. WhoWantsToLiveForever indeed!


* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', Mola Ram (see page image). Oh, god, the horror. It caught on fire when the victim was lowered into the LavaPit.
-->'''Mola Ram''': Kali Ma, Shakti Deh! Kali Ma, Shakti Deh!
-->'''Sacrifice Victim''': Om Namha Shivaye, Om Namha Shivaye, Om Namha Shivaye...''''''
** And somehow his victim remains alive and screaming as he's lowered, sans heart, into the pit.
*** Since he also didn't break the victim's skin, let's just call it 'magic'. The heart was still magically connected to the body until the body burned up in the lava, whereupon the heart promptly burned up too.
*** RealityIsUnrealistic: It is indeed possible to survive losing your heart, for a few minutes / seconds anyway; that's how heart transplants are possible, after all, and the poor guy was immolated shortly afterwards anyway. Plus, yes, magic.

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* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', Mola Ram pulls the still-beating heart out of a {{human sacrifice}} (see page image). Oh, god, the horror. It even caught on fire when the victim was lowered into the LavaPit.
-->'''Mola Ram''': Kali Ma, Shakti Deh! Kali Ma, Shakti Deh!
-->'''Sacrifice Victim''': Om Namha Shivaye, Om Namha Shivaye, Om Namha Shivaye...''''''
** And somehow his victim remains alive and screaming as he's lowered, sans heart, into the pit.
*** Since he also didn't break the victim's skin, let's just call it 'magic'. The heart was still magically connected to the body until the body burned up in the lava, whereupon the heart promptly burned up too.
*** RealityIsUnrealistic: It is indeed possible to survive losing your heart, for a few minutes / seconds anyway; that's how heart transplants are possible, after all, and the poor guy was immolated shortly afterwards anyway. Plus, yes, magic.
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* Davy Jones uses the SoulJar variant in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' (and Will, at the end of ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd At World's End]]'').

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* Davy Jones uses the SoulJar variant in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' (and Will, [[spoiler:Will]], at the end of ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd At World's End]]'').

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* In the John Dilworth short ''WesternAnimation/TheDirdyBirdy'', the one time Purdy doesn't court Fergurina by {{mooning}} her is by removing his own heart and offering it to her.

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