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* ''Gil's All Fright Diner'' by A. Lee Martinez features one of these, which can be used to kill ghosts. A ghost who gets sliced by one can actually feel part of their soul evaporating.

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* ''Gil's All Fright Diner'' by A. Lee Martinez ''Literature/GilsAllFrightDiner'' features one of these, which can be used to kill ghosts. A ghost who gets sliced by one can actually feel part of their soul evaporating.


ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. It's a blade so [[AbsurdlySharpBlade sharp]] or [[EvilWeapon evil]] or both that it can harm the soul itself; alternatively, it actually has a magical nature that allows it to affect souls (and often similar kinds of typically-incorporeal entities, such as ghosts and demons). Some particularly sinister weapons actually [[YourSoulIsMine consume souls]]. It's usually noted as a OneHitKill weapon. It's often an InfinityPlusOneSword as well.

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ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. It's a blade so [[AbsurdlySharpBlade sharp]] or [[EvilWeapon evil]] or both that it can harm the soul itself; alternatively, it actually has a magical nature that allows it to affect souls (and often similar kinds of typically-incorporeal entities, such as ghosts and demons). Some particularly sinister weapons actually [[YourSoulIsMine consume souls]]. It's usually noted as a OneHitKill weapon. It's often an InfinityPlusOneSword and/or ImmortalBreaker as well.


* Quite the principle behind the Rune Save form that the Ten Commandments wields in ''Manga/RaveMaster''

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* Quite the principle behind the Rune Save form that the Ten Commandments wields in ''Manga/RaveMaster''''Manga/RaveMaster''. It doesn't cut physically; instead it affects nonphysical things, sealing them away. For example, Haru can't hurt Sieg Hart directly with it, but he can seal ''his spells'' with it, preventing them from reaching him. He also uses it to seal Elie's Atherion power when it threatened to run rampant.


* In ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', the EmpathicWeapon Nightblood [[SoulEating consumes the spirit]] of anything it cuts, so the slightest cut causes instant death while the body [[NoBodyLeftBehind dissolves into smoke]]. It also starts to eat into its wielder's spirit while it's drawn.

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* ** In ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', the EmpathicWeapon Nightblood [[SoulEating consumes the spirit]] of anything it cuts, so the slightest cut causes instant death while the body [[NoBodyLeftBehind dissolves into smoke]]. It also starts to eat into its wielder's spirit while it's drawn.


* The ''Literature/{{Cosmere}}'' has a unique AnatomyOfTheSoul in the form of a "spiritweb", which a rare few forces can damage:

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* The ''Literature/{{Cosmere}}'' ''Literature/TheCosmere'' universe has a unique AnatomyOfTheSoul in the form of a "spiritweb", which a rare few forces can damage:


* Shardblades from ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' don't cut the flesh of living beings, they just pass straight through. But if the blade passes through the target's spinal cord they are dead, instantly, the soul severed. If it passes through a limb, that limb "dies", becoming numb and useless. An interesting note is that this function is something of a side effect. Shardblades were originally created to fight the demonic Voidbringers, and needed to affect the Spiritual and Cognitive realms to work. They were never originally intended to be used on humans.
* Morganti weapons from ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' eat souls, they are thus popular with assassins in a world where [[DeathIsCheap death is relatively cheap]] being the surest way of preventing the target from being brought back to life. They were apparantly created by a race named the Serioli to make war so terrible that no-one would ever fight. They worked ... among the Serioli.
** While the Morganti blades work as described, you wouldn't say they're "popular". They creep people out psychically if merely ''unsheathed''; TheEmpire reserves its nastiest punishments for those who use them; if you want someone assassinated with one, expect to pay at least 10x the going rate and for NoQuestionsAsked ''not'' to apply.
** Beyond that are the Great Weapons. Seventeen of them (one per Great House), with a Morganti weapon as the base. They can manipulate souls in various ways (devour, ''don't'' devour, temporarily store, etc.) as well as different powers that are unique to each one.
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' has an example of this in the Silver Guillotine. It's made complicated by the fact that souls were 'personified' in animal form.

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* The ''Literature/{{Cosmere}}'' has a unique AnatomyOfTheSoul in the form of a "spiritweb", which a rare few forces can damage:
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Shardblades from ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' don't cut the flesh spirits of living beings, they just pass straight through. But beings ''instead'' of their flesh: if the blade passes through the target's spinal cord they are dead, instantly, the soul severed. If it passes through a limb, that limb "dies", becoming numb and useless. An interesting note is that this They function is something of a side effect. Shardblades this way because they were originally created to fight the demonic Voidbringers, Voidbringers and needed to affect the Spiritual and Cognitive realms to work. They were never originally intended work; unfortunately, they work all too well on humans too.
* In ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', the EmpathicWeapon Nightblood [[SoulEating consumes the spirit]] of anything it cuts, so the slightest cut causes instant death while the body [[NoBodyLeftBehind dissolves into smoke]]. It also starts
to be used on humans.
eat into its wielder's spirit while it's drawn.
* In ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'':
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Morganti weapons from ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' eat souls, they are thus popular consume and destroy souls with assassins the slightest cut, making them uniquely dreaded in a world where other forms of death can be [[DeathIsCheap death is relatively cheap]] being easily reversed]]. They also exude a psychic aura of dread and hunger; the surest way of preventing Empire reserves its nastiest punishments for people who use them; and an assassination by Morganti weapon costs at least 10 times the target from being brought back to life. usual rate and a [[EvenEvilHasStandards damn convincing reason]], since NoQuestionsAsked does ''not'' apply. They were apparantly created forged by a race named called the Serioli Aerioli to make war so terrible that no-one nobody would ever fight. They worked ...fight, which worked... among the Serioli.
** While the The Great Weapons are [[ArcNumber seventeen]] unique Morganti blades work as described, you wouldn't say they're "popular". They creep people out psychically if merely ''unsheathed''; TheEmpire reserves its nastiest punishments for those who use them; if you want someone assassinated with one, expect to pay at least 10x the going rate and for NoQuestionsAsked ''not'' to apply.
** Beyond that are the Great Weapons. Seventeen of them (one per Great House), with a Morganti weapon as the base.
weapons. They can manipulate souls in various ways (devour, ''don't'' don't devour, temporarily store, etc.) as well as different powers that are unique to each one.
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' has an example of this In ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', souls are personified in animal form as "Daemons". While daemons can be killed just like normal animals, which instantly kills the human, the Silver Guillotine. It's made complicated by the fact Guillotine is a unique device that souls were 'personified' in animal form.can non-lethally sever the intangible bond between human and daemon. Non-lethally being relative, since the victim is left either an EmptyShell or [[AndIMustScream horribly aware of the unbearable absence]] until they finally give up and die.


* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', series there is a [[YourSoulIsMine Soul Trap]] spell which can be applied to any weapon (if an enemy is killed while its effect is active then their soul is bound to a "soul gem" in your inventory if there's one powerful enough to hold it). In the lore, there is a recurring sword called Umbra which possesses its owner (forcing them to take on its name) and also has this effect.
** Mehrunes' Razor, the artifact of the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon, is a dagger that has a small chance of severing the soul from a victim's body, killing them and giving the soul to Dagon.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', series ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** Throughout the series,
there is a [[YourSoulIsMine Soul Trap]] spell which can be applied to any weapon (if as an enchantment. If the enemy is killed while its effect Soul Trap is active then in effect, their soul is bound to will be absorbed and placed into a "soul gem" [[CrystalPrison Soul Gem]] in your inventory if there's one (if there is a gem powerful enough to hold it). In the lore, there it).
** Umbra
is a recurring [[LegendaryWeapon legendary]] (and [[EvilWeapon evil]]) sword called with Soul Trap as its primary enchantment. According to series' lore, Umbra which possesses also absorbs the soul of its owner (forcing wielder, possessing them (with them taking the name Umbra), and forcing them to take on its name) become a BloodKnight. Either they kill powerful foes to give Umbra more souls, or the wielder is slain by a more powerful person, who then takes the sword and also has this effect.
restarts the process anew. (Thankfully, the PlayerCharacter can use Umbra as much as they want [[GameplayAndStorySegregation with no ill effect]].)
** Mehrunes' Razor, the an artifact of the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince Prince]] [[DestroyerDeity Mehrunes Dagon, Dagon]], is a dagger that has a small chance of severing the soul from a victim's body, killing them instantly and giving the soul to Dagon.


* In ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', you have Anomander's Dragnipur, which holds the souls of those its slain within an [[AnotherDimension alternate dimension]] where they spend the remainder of their existence towing the Gate of Darkness and the large cart it's situated in in an effort to keep it out of the hands of the forces of Chaos.

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* In the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', you have Anomander's Dragnipur, there's [[MagicKnight Anomander Rake]]'s {{BFS}} [[BlackSwordsAreBetter Dragnipur]], which holds the souls of those its it has slain within an [[AnotherDimension alternate dimension]] where they spend the remainder of their existence towing the Gate of Darkness and the large cart wagon it's situated in in an effort to keep it out of the hands reach of the forces of Chaos.


** There was also the Morgul-knife, which the Witch King uses to try to corrupt Frodo and turn him into a wraith.

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** There was also the Morgul-knife, which the Witch King uses to try to corrupt Frodo and turn him into a wraith. The wound that he bears from this knife [[AcheyScars hurts him when powerful evil is near]], and it [[WoundThatWillNotHeal never fully heals]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'': Frostmourne is a semi-sentient EvilWeapon that sucks the souls of its victims. [[spoiler: When it gets shattered, the souls are released and incapacitate its wielder, the Lich King, long enough for him to be killed]].

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* In TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}} Hell on Earth setting, Junkers can create Spirit Weapons, which target the soul directly. Notably, you can build this function into any weapon, so a sufficiently well-supplied Junker can create [[MacrossMissileMassacre anti-soul missiles]]!


* Death of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'s'' scythe is one, obviously, as is the scythe of his assistant the Death of Rats.

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* Death of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'s'' scythe is one, obviously, as is the scythe of his assistant the Death of Rats. Death's sword works the same way but is only used on Royalty. No word on the Death of Rats having a sword, [[AuthorExistenceFailure nor are we likely to get one.]]


* ShamanKing also has this in Yoh's second most powerful [[LivingWeapon Oversoul]] has the ability to "purifies the very soul", meaning it can cleave the soul also implying that it doesn't physically damage the opposition.

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* ShamanKing ''Manga/ShamanKing'' also has this in Yoh's second most powerful [[LivingWeapon Oversoul]] has the ability to "purifies the very soul", meaning it can cleave the soul also implying that it doesn't physically damage the opposition.


* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Zanpakuto directly translates to "Soul Cutting Sword". Although technically it doesn't cut souls, it just purifies souls that have turned into monsters.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
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Zanpakuto directly translates to "Soul Cutting Sword". Although technically it doesn't cut souls, it just purifies Its primary purpose is purifying souls that have turned into monsters.monsters, though it's perfectly capable of cutting physical and spiritual flesh as well.


* Death of Diskworld's scythe is one, obviously, as is the scythe of his assistant the Death of Rats.

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* Death of Diskworld's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'s'' scythe is one, obviously, as is the scythe of his assistant the Death of Rats.

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