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* In ''Franchise/{{Onimusha}}'' games, whenever you slay a Genma the corpse will dissolve almost instantly, leaving souls behind. Enemies killed with a [[OneHitKill Issen Counterattack]] will usually fade away faster. Bosses tend to last a bit longer, usually long enough for a cutscene to play, after which you can absorb the usually generous amount of souls from them.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Onimusha}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}}'' games, whenever you slay a Genma the corpse will dissolve almost instantly, leaving souls behind. Enemies killed with a [[OneHitKill Issen Counterattack]] will usually fade away faster. Bosses tend to last a bit longer, usually long enough for a cutscene to play, after which you can absorb the usually generous amount of souls from them.


* In ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Return of the King]]'', well, how else do you expect a [[BigBad giant flaming eye]] to go once the deathblow is struck?

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* In ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Return of the King]]'', ''Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheReturnOfTheKing'', well, how else do you expect a [[BigBad giant flaming eye]] to go once the deathblow is struck?

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* In ''LightNovel/BalancingMySupportMagicAndSummoningMagicInADifferentWorld'', the monsters all disappear in a puff of smoke, leaving only some crystals, and whatever weapons or armor they were wearing, behind. It has yet to be explained how this works, as when wounded, they bleed [[AlienBlood blue blood]], and when they rape women, they clearly cover their targets with semen that sticks around even after they are long gone...


* In ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', Maleficent [[ScaledUp becomes a dragon]], [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice gets impaled by a sword]], [[DisneyVillainDeath and falls down a cliff.]] When the sword's shown again, it has only a cloak under it.
* In ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', when Iago destroys Jafar's lamp, he explodes into dust. [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath After he writhes in agony with his skeleton visible.]]
* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', after Eugene [[spoiler: cuts off Rapunzel's magic hair,]] its healing abilities quickly vanish, [[NoImmortalInertia causing]] [[spoiler: Mother Gothel,]] who used them for centuries, to [[spoiler: rapidly age and turn into dust,]] leaving only her cape behind.

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* In ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', ''WesternAnimation/SleepingBeauty'', Maleficent [[ScaledUp becomes a dragon]], [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice gets impaled by a sword]], [[DisneyVillainDeath and falls down a cliff.]] When the sword's shown again, it has only a cloak under it.
* In ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', when Iago destroys Jafar's lamp, he explodes into dust. [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath After he writhes in agony with his skeleton visible.]]
* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Tangled}}'', after Eugene [[spoiler: cuts off Rapunzel's magic hair,]] its healing abilities quickly vanish, [[NoImmortalInertia causing]] [[spoiler: Mother Gothel,]] who used them for centuries, to [[spoiler: rapidly age and turn into dust,]] leaving only her cape behind.

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* Anyone who dies in the anti-matter wave in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', both in the comic books and in the ''Arrowverse'' [[Series/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths2019 live-action TV adaptation]].

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**[[spoiler:Leia Organa and Ben Solo]] at the end of ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker.'' [[spoiler:Leia actually died earlier -- in the same manner as her twin Luke, via Force Exhaustion -- but her body did not disappear until her son Ben died; the moment Ben's body faded, so did his mother's.]]

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* In ''Series/Dracula2020'', when [[spoiler:Lucy]] dies for good, only a small mound of ashes remains.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/Klaus2019'' when Klaus grows old and can no longer make toys, he hears his deceased wife's voice calling to him, he sets down his axe and tells her he's ready, he passes away standing up and his body fades away into snow that then blows away, Jesper and the other townsfolk never find out what became of him, and he continues to deliver toys as a spirit years later and Jesper knows it's him.

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* ''VisualNovel/SpiritHunterNG'':
** In the case of the Urashima Woman, her body - alongside the bodies of various fetuses that the murderer disposed of as well - couldn't be found by the police. It seems to imply that a person's physical body disappears when they turn into a spirit.
** In some of the Bad Ends where Akira's companions die, their bodies will disappear after Akira finds it for the first time, causing him to question whether what he saw actually happened or not.
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Something dies, as it is prone to do. After it takes its last breath, the body dissolves for no apparent reason. Often dissolves into smoke that wisps away as the body dramatically falls to the ground. Why this occurs is generally never explained and no character bats an eye at it happening. Often used in media to [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath avoid showing the kiddies a corpse]]. [[TropesAreTools Of course]], if DeathIsDramatic, and it's done right, this can be a '''HUGE''' {{Tearjerker}}.

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Something dies, as it is prone to do. After it takes its last breath, the body dissolves for no apparent reason. Often dissolves into smoke that wisps away as the body dramatically falls to the ground. Why this occurs is generally never explained and no character bats an eye at it happening. Often used in media to [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath avoid showing the kiddies a corpse]]. [[TropesAreTools [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools Of course]], if DeathIsDramatic, and it's done right, this can be a '''HUGE''' {{Tearjerker}}.

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* ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'' averts this with defeated units simply keeling over on the ground, meaning that you have to manually destroy the body of fallen enemies to get them out of the way. Of course, this means you can revive your units mid-fight, alongside any neutral units.


** [[spoiler: Pyrrha Nikos is killed when she is shot through the heart and then disintegrated, leaving nothing but her circlet.]]

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** [[spoiler: Pyrrha Nikos is killed when In the White Trailer, Weiss fights an enormous suit of armour. When she finally destroys it, it dissolves into snowflakes. [[spoiler:The suit of armour is shot through animated by a specially-designed group of Grimm called Armour Gigas, a type of Geist. They were designed by Jacques Schnee, the heart head of a family with a snow and then disintegrated, leaving nothing but her circlet.]]ice theme. Just as the Grimm dissolve into smoke, so the Armour Gigas dissolve into snowflakes.]]
** In the Black Trailer, Blake and Adam fight a huge Spider Droid. When Adam destroys it, the machine appears to dissolve into rose petals. The first manga averts this by rewriting the scene: the machine is left a motionless wreck after Adam cuts its cockpit open and destroys the robotic security pilot controlling it.

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* Some monsters in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' are noted for this, including most elementals, genies (in editions where they're not already elementals), incorporeal creatures, oozes, and certain types of undead like vampires.


* Subverted in ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'' when Ren slays a dragon terrorizing a nearby village, only to just walk away, leaving the body behind on the mountainside. The body eventually rots, causing the exact same village to suffer a plague, and the dragon eventually resurrects as a [[FromBadToWorse zombie dragon]] and has to be put down ''again'' by Naofumi and burned to destroy the body. When he encounters Ren, he calls him out on leaving the body behind, accusing him of treating the world around him like a game where slain enemies just fade away eventually.

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* Subverted in ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'' when Ren slays a dragon terrorizing a nearby village, only to just walk away, leaving the body behind on the mountainside. The body eventually rots, causing the exact same village to suffer a plague, and the dragon eventually resurrects as a [[FromBadToWorse zombie dragon]] and has to be put down ''again'' by Naofumi and burned to destroy the body. When he encounters Ren, he calls him out on leaving the body behind, accusing him of treating the world around him like a game where [[EverythingFades slain enemies just fade away eventually.]]

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