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* In ''Literature/DeadhouseGates'', the second book in ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', a particularly bloody battle is fought on a river crossing that just happens to be the mating ground for a large group of migrating butterflies. Their symbolism is used to represent several things: the ephemerality of life, the instinctual drive to mate and then die, and as an omen of the slaughter to come, as they coat the river in a yellow coat first, before being replaced by the red of human blood. Finally, thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of them are used as {{Psycho Pomp}}s for the soul of a particularly powerful warlock.

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* In ''Literature/DeadhouseGates'', the second book in ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', a particularly bloody battle is fought on a river crossing that just happens to be the mating ground for a large group of migrating butterflies. Their symbolism is used to represent several things: the ephemerality of life, the instinctual drive to mate and then die, and as an omen of the slaughter to come, as they coat the river in a yellow coat first, before being replaced by the red of human blood. Finally, thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of them are used as {{Psycho Pomp}}s for the soul of a particularly powerful warlock. Imperial historian Duiker points out how this is a bad thing and implies that the fact that it was butterflies instead of crows means the warlock will not be able to be reborn.


* In ''Literature/DeadhouseGates'', the second book in ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', a particularly bloody battle is fought on a river crossing that just happens to be the mating ground for a large group of migrating butterflies. Their symbolism is used to represent several things: the ephemerality of life, the instinctual drive to mate and then die, and as an omen of the slaughter to come, as they coat the river in a yellow coat first, before being replaced by the red of human blood. Finally, a thousand of them are used as {{Psycho Pomp}}s for the soul of a particularly powerful warlock.

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* In ''Literature/DeadhouseGates'', the second book in ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', a particularly bloody battle is fought on a river crossing that just happens to be the mating ground for a large group of migrating butterflies. Their symbolism is used to represent several things: the ephemerality of life, the instinctual drive to mate and then die, and as an omen of the slaughter to come, as they coat the river in a yellow coat first, before being replaced by the red of human blood. Finally, a thousand thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of them are used as {{Psycho Pomp}}s for the soul of a particularly powerful warlock.


* Used to great effect in the Creator/InioAsano manga ''Manga/NijigaharaHolograph''. Cabbage butterflies appear throughout the story, both on their own and to some of the characters, sometimes glowing. Swarms of them pour out of the Nijigarhara channel, and other such channels at various points, and sometimes cover characters who are in severe physical or emotional trauma. By the end, their numbers have increased to the point of causing significant public alarm.

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* Used to great effect in the Creator/InioAsano manga ''Manga/NijigaharaHolograph''. Cabbage butterflies appear throughout the story, both on their own and to some of the characters, sometimes glowing. Swarms of them pour out of the Nijigarhara Nijigahara channel, and other such channels at various points, and sometimes cover characters who are in severe physical or emotional trauma. By the end, their numbers have increased to the point of causing significant public alarm.


* Used to great effect in the Creator/InioAsano manga ''Nijigahara Holograph''. Cabbage butterflies appear throughout the story, both on their own and to some of the characters, sometimes glowing. Swarms of them pour out of the Nijigarhara channel, and other such channels at various points, and sometimes cover characters who are in severe physical or emotional trauma. By the end, their numbers have increased to the point of causing significant public alarm.

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* Used to great effect in the Creator/InioAsano manga ''Nijigahara Holograph''.''Manga/NijigaharaHolograph''. Cabbage butterflies appear throughout the story, both on their own and to some of the characters, sometimes glowing. Swarms of them pour out of the Nijigarhara channel, and other such channels at various points, and sometimes cover characters who are in severe physical or emotional trauma. By the end, their numbers have increased to the point of causing significant public alarm.


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* Used to great effect in the Creator/InioAsano manga ''Nijigahara Holograph'' with its sinister swarms of cabbage butterflies.

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* Used to great effect in the Creator/InioAsano manga ''Nijigahara Holograph'' with its sinister swarms Holograph''. Cabbage butterflies appear throughout the story, both on their own and to some of cabbage butterflies.the characters, sometimes glowing. Swarms of them pour out of the Nijigarhara channel, and other such channels at various points, and sometimes cover characters who are in severe physical or emotional trauma. By the end, their numbers have increased to the point of causing significant public alarm.


* ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'' uses this in a more general way. The MonstersOfTheWeek are Orphnochs, beings who are born when some humans die. The Smart Brain corporation, which secretly supports the Orphnochs, has a mascot named Smart Lady who's heavily associated with blue and black butterflies[[note]]To the point where many fans theorize that she's the Butterfly Orphnoch, though the series never definitively says whether she's Orphnoch or human[[/note]]. This has resulted in these butterflies becoming a symbol for ''Faiz'' as a whole, appearing on its backdrop in ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' and again in the direct-to-DVD movie ''Kamen Rider #4'' when Shocker's Great Leader transforms into Faiz.

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* ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'' ''Series/KamenRider555'' uses this in a more general way. The MonstersOfTheWeek are Orphnochs, beings who are born when some humans die. The Smart Brain corporation, which secretly supports the Orphnochs, has a mascot named Smart Lady who's heavily associated with blue and black butterflies[[note]]To the point where many fans theorize that she's the Butterfly Orphnoch, though the series never definitively says whether she's Orphnoch or human[[/note]]. This has resulted in these butterflies becoming a symbol for ''Faiz'' ''555'' as a whole, appearing on its backdrop in ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' and again in the direct-to-DVD movie ''Kamen Rider #4'' when Shocker's Great Leader transforms into Faiz.

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* ''VideoGame/BoxxyQuestTheGatheringStorm'': A dream sequence… [[MindScrew thing]] in Chapter 6 features a terminally ill little girl who transforms into a butterfly as she dies.


* In one episode of ''Westernanimation/MightyMax'', Max teams up with a new band of heroes, [[WeHardlyKnewYe all of whom are dead by the end of the episode.]] One of them, the Hindu monkey god Hanuman, muses that perhaps he'll come back as a butterfly. A butterfly appears in the last shot of the episode, [[YouFailBiologyForever even though, considering how long it takes a butterfly to become an adult, he should still be in caterpillar form.]]

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* In one episode of ''Westernanimation/MightyMax'', Max teams up with a new band of heroes, [[WeHardlyKnewYe all of whom are dead by the end of the episode.]] One of them, the Hindu monkey god Hanuman, muses that perhaps he'll come back as a butterfly. A butterfly appears in the last shot of the episode, [[YouFailBiologyForever [[ArtisticLicenseBiology even though, considering how long it takes a butterfly to become an adult, he should still be in caterpillar form.]]


* This is why ''Franchise/{{Tsukiuta}}'''s January idols [[MeaningfulName Hajime and Yuki]] have a butterfly as their "initium" icon.

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* This is why ''Franchise/{{Tsukiuta}}'''s ''Music/{{Tsukiuta}}'''s January idols [[MeaningfulName Hajime and Yuki]] have a butterfly as their "initium" icon.


* In the ''[[Comicbook/InfinityGauntlet Infinity War]]'', Comicbook/{{Thanos}} turns his evil clone... well, just as evil clone into a butterfly as he passes on. ...[[ShootTheShaggyDog And then eats it.]]
* In a ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' story written by Creator/GrantMorrison, [[AxCrazy Red Jack]] has found a way to keep himself immortal by imprisoning hundreds of butterflies and absorbing their life essence. When the butterflies are freed, he dies.

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* In the ''[[Comicbook/InfinityGauntlet Infinity War]]'', Comicbook/{{Thanos}} ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'', ComicBook/{{Thanos}} turns his evil clone... well, just as evil clone into a butterfly as he passes on. ...[[ShootTheShaggyDog And then eats it.]]
* In a ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' story written by Creator/GrantMorrison, [[AxCrazy Red Jack]] has found a way to keep himself immortal by imprisoning hundreds of butterflies and absorbing their life essence. When the butterflies are freed, he dies.


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** A VERY {{squick}}y example is the Octava Espada Szayel Aporro Granz. His release form is similar to a giant butterfly with wings that look like blood drops leading down from the wings among other creepy additions. His ultimate ability that makes him perfect in his eyes is his Gabriel ability. This let's him impregnate another person (done to a female [[MisterSeahorse but he implies he could do it to the guys too]]), absorb their energy and nutrients, and then become reborn from their now empty husk of a body.

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** A VERY {{squick}}y example is the Octava Espada Szayel Aporro Szayelaporro Granz. His release form is similar to a giant butterfly with wings that look like blood drops leading down from the wings among other creepy additions. His ultimate ability that makes him perfect in his eyes is his Gabriel ability. This let's him impregnate another person (done to a female [[MisterSeahorse but he implies he could do it to the guys too]]), absorb their energy and nutrients, and then become reborn from their now empty husk of a body.



* Purple butterflies similar to those seen in ''Pretear'' appear in ''VisualNovel/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe'' as a manifestation of Ran's Dark Dragon powers. These can be used for attack purposes or for defilement, and on one occasion in the manga/anime Ran uses these to place a curse on Akane.

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* Purple butterflies similar to those seen in ''Pretear'' appear in ''VisualNovel/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe'' ''VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe'' as a manifestation of Ran's Dark Dragon powers. These can be used for attack purposes or for defilement, and on one occasion in the manga/anime Ran uses these to place a curse on Akane.



* Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic: The rukh, which are the souls of those who have died. They're described by characters who can see them as looking like birds, but they're drawn to look more like butterflies.

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* Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic: ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'': The rukh, which are the souls of those who have died. They're described by characters who can see them as looking like birds, but they're drawn to look more like butterflies.


* The Rose sisters awareness of this symbolism becomes a major issue for Jozk in ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate''. When he asks them to take his soul before expiring and promptly looses the ability to speak or move when his soul gem falls out of his chest hanging by a thread Rosewood finds a nearby butterfly which Rosa immediately accepts as his soul. Rosebud actually guesses the correct item for containing his soul but gets shot down as trying to loot his corpse. An actual looter nearby overhears and quickly grabs his gem as soon as the girls have their backs turned.

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* The Rose sisters awareness of this symbolism becomes a major issue for Jozk in ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate''. When he asks them to take his soul before expiring and promptly looses the ability to speak or move when his soul gem falls out of his chest hanging by a thread Rosewood finds a nearby butterfly which Rosa immediately accepts as his soul.soul instead. Rosebud actually guesses the correct item for containing his soul but gets shot down as trying to loot his corpse. An actual looter nearby overhears and quickly grabs his gem as soon as the girls have their backs turned.


* ''Film/TheMatrix'': Neo's speech at the end was going to refer to the Matrix as a chrysalis but [[ExecutiveMeddling the execs]] weren't sure if enough viewers would know what a chrysalis is. ([[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pupa&mobileaction=view_normal_site#Chrysalis It's this, by the way]]).

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* ''Film/TheMatrix'': Neo's speech at the end was going to refer to the Matrix as a chrysalis but [[ExecutiveMeddling the execs]] weren't sure if enough viewers would know what a chrysalis is. ([[http://en.[[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pupa&mobileaction=view_normal_site#Chrysalis It's (It's this, by the way]]).way.)]]

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