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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', the magical girls' magic gems, called soul gems, are [[spoiler: in fact [[SoulJar their souls]], removed from their bodies,]] that can be used to detect witches. [[spoiler: Everytime, when they use their powers, their Soul gems darkens, turning them a whitch, when it goes fully black. So they need [[SoulJar Grief Seeds]], which are souls of defeated witches, not to fuel their powers but to clear their soul gems and to prevent going evil. Furthermore, because witches are Magical girls, who have gone evil, every grief seed is effectively a soul gem. So this Trope is played [[PlayingWithATrope straight]] and [[InvertedTrope inverted]] at the same time with the same thing.]]

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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', the magical girls' magic gems, called soul gems, are [[spoiler: in fact [[SoulJar their souls]], removed from their bodies,]] that can be used to detect witches. [[spoiler: Everytime, when Everytime they use their powers, powers their Soul gems darkens, Gems darken, turning them into a whitch, witch when it goes fully black. So they need [[SoulJar Grief Seeds]], which are souls of defeated witches, not to fuel their powers but to clear their soul gems and to prevent going evil. their becoming witches. Furthermore, because witches are Magical girls, magical girls who have gone evil, every grief seed is effectively a soul gem. So this Trope is played [[PlayingWithATrope straight]] and [[InvertedTrope inverted]] at the same time with the same thing.]]


* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', the magical girls' magic gems, called soul gems, are [[spoiler: in fact [[SoulJar their souls]], removed from their bodies,]] that can be used to detect witches. [[spoiler: Everytime, when they use their powers, their Soul gems darkens, turning them a whitch, when it goes fully black. So they need [[SoulJar Grief Seeds]], which are souls of defeated witches, not to fuel their powers but to clear their soul gems and to prevent going evil. Furthermore, because witches are Magical girls, who have gone evil, every grief seed is effectively a soul gem. So this Trope is played [[StraightTrope straight]] and [[InvertedTrope inverted]] at the same time with the same thing.]]

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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', the magical girls' magic gems, called soul gems, are [[spoiler: in fact [[SoulJar their souls]], removed from their bodies,]] that can be used to detect witches. [[spoiler: Everytime, when they use their powers, their Soul gems darkens, turning them a whitch, when it goes fully black. So they need [[SoulJar Grief Seeds]], which are souls of defeated witches, not to fuel their powers but to clear their soul gems and to prevent going evil. Furthermore, because witches are Magical girls, who have gone evil, every grief seed is effectively a soul gem. So this Trope is played [[StraightTrope [[PlayingWithATrope straight]] and [[InvertedTrope inverted]] at the same time with the same thing.]]


* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', the magical girls' magic gems are [[spoiler: in fact their souls, removed from their bodies so said souls can be used to fuel their powers and temporarily reverse entropy.]]

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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', the magical girls' magic gems gems, called soul gems, are [[spoiler: in fact [[SoulJar their souls, souls]], removed from their bodies so said souls bodies,]] that can be used to detect witches. [[spoiler: Everytime, when they use their powers, their Soul gems darkens, turning them a whitch, when it goes fully black. So they need [[SoulJar Grief Seeds]], which are souls of defeated witches, not to fuel their powers but to clear their soul gems and temporarily reverse entropy.]] to prevent going evil. Furthermore, because witches are Magical girls, who have gone evil, every grief seed is effectively a soul gem. So this Trope is played [[StraightTrope straight]] and [[InvertedTrope inverted]] at the same time with the same thing.]]

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* In the Creator/AlanDeanFoster short story "The Last Run" a "Banzai Runner"--a member of a Southern California subculture who drive an assortment of CoolCars in very illegal ultra high-speed street races on the highway--winds up facing off against the Devil himself, in the form of a mysterious new contestant who drives a car "so black it was almost purple" with red headlights. In the end, the car is of course "powered by souls".


* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' soulfire, the celestial counterpart to hellfire, draws upon its user's soul as a power source when granted to a human and can kill them if it's overused. However, short of death it seems that the soul can also recover from this with time (sometimes downright quickly with the right emotionally "recharging" experiences to speed the process along) without suffering actual lasting damage.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' soulfire, the celestial counterpart to hellfire, draws upon its user's soul as a power source when granted to a human and can kill them if it's overused. However, short of death it seems that as long as it's used in moderation the soul can also recover from this with time (sometimes downright (more quickly with the right emotionally "recharging" experiences to speed the process along) without suffering actual lasting damage.damage. In fact, it's implied that repeated use actually strengthens the soul, allowing it to be used more in the future.


* The main character of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterI'' has the Soul Eater, a True Rune that drains the souls those close to its bearer to empower itself.

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* The main character of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterI'' ''VideoGame/SuikodenI'' has the Soul Eater, a True Rune that drains the souls those close to its bearer to empower itself.


* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', the Spiral Energy can do pretty much anything and it's the "scientific" representation of a person's soul.
* Evangelions in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' are powered by souls, basically making them 3 human-like beings in one ([[ThereAreNoTherapists which is definitely]] [[HeroicBSOD a problem sometimes]]). [[spoiler:Typically they are the soul of the pilot's dead mother ([[AllPsychologyIsFreudian also weird]]).]]
* ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'' has Amagi Miroku using the life force of every living thing that dies as his power source.



* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', the magical girls' magic gems are [[spoiler: in fact their souls, removed from their bodies so said souls can be used to fuel their powers and temporarily reverse entropy.]]



* Evangelions in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' are powered by souls, basically making them 3 human-like beings in one ([[ThereAreNoTherapists which is definitely]] [[HeroicBSOD a problem sometimes]]). [[spoiler:Typically they are the soul of the pilot's dead mother ([[AllPsychologyIsFreudian also weird]]).]]
* ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'' has Amagi Miroku using the life force of every living thing that dies as his power source.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', the magical girls' magic gems are [[spoiler: in fact their souls, removed from their bodies so said souls can be used to fuel their powers and temporarily reverse entropy.]]
* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', the Spiral Energy can do pretty much anything and it's the "scientific" representation of a person's soul.



* ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'': Demons work hard to tempt humans to be damned to Hell for the entirely practical reason that souls are demons' food.

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* ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'': Demons work hard to tempt humans to be damned to Hell for In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' soulfire, the entirely practical reason celestial counterpart to hellfire, draws upon its user's soul as a power source when granted to a human and can kill them if it's overused. However, short of death it seems that souls are demons' food. the soul can also recover from this with time (sometimes downright quickly with the right emotionally "recharging" experiences to speed the process along) without suffering actual lasting damage.



* ''Literature/{{Interworld}}'': HEX plays this trope completely straight, its ships' engines are literally powered by the souls of captured walkers. The process involves first [[SoulJar putting the soul in a jar]] and then using it as a power source. Both processes are excruciatingly painful.



* ''Literature/{{Interworld}}'': HEX plays this trope completely straight, its ships' engines are literally powered by the souls of captured walkers. The process involves first [[SoulJar putting the soul in a jar]] and then using it as a power source. Both processes are excruciatingly painful.

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* ''Literature/{{Interworld}}'': HEX plays this trope completely straight, its ships' engines are literally powered by ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'': Demons work hard to tempt humans to be damned to Hell for the entirely practical reason that souls of captured walkers. The process involves first [[SoulJar putting the soul in a jar]] and then using it as a power source. Both processes are excruciatingly painful.demons' food.



* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' soulfire, the celestial counterpart to hellfire, draws upon its user's soul as a power source when granted to a human and can kill them if it's overused. However, short of death it seems that the soul can also recover from this with time (sometimes downright quickly with the right emotionally "recharging" experiences to speed the process along) without suffering actual lasting damage.



* ''TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer''. The Soul Burner Gestalt is a necromantic device that converts the souls of sacrificed human victims into magical energy.



* ''TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer''. The Soul Burner Gestalt is a necromantic device that converts the souls of sacrificed human victims into magical energy.



* In ''VideoGame/FallFromHeaven'', there's the 'Soul Forge' Wonder, an unholy engine that uses souls to speed production. In game-terms, this means that any unit that dies within a 1-square radius of the city, is added to its production (enemies and friends alike). If combined with Mokka's Cauldron - a Wonder that causes any unit that dies in the city to immediately be reborn as a Demon - a city can become essentially impossible to conquer, spawning units faster than you can kill 'em.
* Used periodically in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' had the [=ShinRa=] and it's mining/extracting/whatever of "Mako Energy". Turns out that "Mako" comes from the "Lifestream", which is essentially a soup of human souls floating around on the inside of the planet.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', the BigBad blocked the Well of Souls that takes the dead to the afterlife, leading to the backed-up souls piling up in the form of dense, magically potent Mist. Not knowing the source, people naturally began using this Mist as fuel for magitechnology and airships.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The series has this present with Soul Gems. Using a [[YourSoulIsMine Soul-Trap]] spell (or a weapon enchanted with that effect) on an enemy and then killing that enemy allows for the capture of that enemy's soul, as long as you have a large enough empty Soul Gem. (They typically range from Petty to Lesser to Common to Greater to Grand. Additionally there are Black Soul Gems, which are the equivalanet of Grand Soul Gems, which can trap sapient "black" souls, like those of [=NPCs=].) Filled Soul Gems can then be used to [[ItemCrafting enchant items]] to give them magical effects, or to recharge enchanted items.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has [[MechaMooks automatons]] ("animunculi") built by the [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] which carry filled Soul Gems. The larger (and more powerful) the automaton, the more powerful the Soul Gem typically is. This has led to the theory that these automatons are powered by the Soul Gems, which would make them literal soul powered engines. (There is debate among the fandom in regards to this, as previous appearances by the Dwemer animunculi did not carry the filled Soul Gems.)



* In ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' M. Bison's Psycho Power is powered by his own, weaponized soul. Doubly so with Rose's canonically opposite Soul Power.
* In ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', magic, named 'the Soul Arts', is this. Arcane magic is based on understanding and uses soul energy as the energy source, while witchcraft directly channels the power of a demon's soul.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''

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* In ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' M. Bison's Psycho Power is powered by his own, weaponized soul. Doubly so with Rose's canonically opposite Soul Power.
* In ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', magic, named 'the Soul Arts', is this. Arcane magic is based on understanding and uses soul energy as the energy source, while witchcraft directly channels the power of a demon's soul.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''
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* In ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', magic, named 'the Soul Arts', is this. Arcane magic is based on understanding and uses soul energy as the energy source, while witchcraft directly channels the power of a demon's soul.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** The series has this present with Soul Gems. Using a [[YourSoulIsMine Soul-Trap]] spell (or a weapon enchanted with that effect) on an enemy and then killing that enemy allows for the capture of that enemy's soul, as long as you have a large enough empty Soul Gem. (They typically range from Petty to Lesser to Common to Greater to Grand. Additionally there are Black Soul Gems, which are the equivalanet of Grand Soul Gems, which can trap sapient "black" souls, like those of [=NPCs=].) Filled Soul Gems can then be used to [[ItemCrafting enchant items]] to give them magical effects, or to recharge enchanted items.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has [[MechaMooks automatons]] ("animunculi") built by the [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] which carry filled Soul Gems. The larger (and more powerful) the automaton, the more powerful the Soul Gem typically is. This has led to the theory that these automatons are powered by the Soul Gems, which would make them literal soul powered engines. (There is debate among the fandom in regards to this, as previous appearances by the Dwemer animunculi did not carry the filled Soul Gems.)
* In ''VideoGame/FallFromHeaven'', there's the 'Soul Forge' Wonder, an unholy engine that uses souls to speed production. In game-terms, this means that any unit that dies within a 1-square radius of the city, is added to its production (enemies and friends alike). If combined with Mokka's Cauldron - a Wonder that causes any unit that dies in the city to immediately be reborn as a Demon - a city can become essentially impossible to conquer, spawning units faster than you can kill 'em.
* Used periodically in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' had the [=ShinRa=] and it's mining/extracting/whatever of "Mako Energy". Turns out that "Mako" comes from the "Lifestream", which is essentially a soup of human souls floating around on the inside of the planet.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', the BigBad blocked the Well of Souls that takes the dead to the afterlife, leading to the backed-up souls piling up in the form of dense, magically potent Mist. Not knowing the source, people naturally began using this Mist as fuel for magitechnology and airships.
* In ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' M. Bison's Psycho Power is powered by his own, weaponized soul. Doubly so with Rose's canonically opposite Soul Power.
* The main character of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterI'' has the Soul Eater, a True Rune that drains the souls those close to its bearer to empower itself.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Drake's Spirit Runes, which is a persons identity extracted into a stone. Creating one is completely harmless to the target.
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** [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII The First Flame/Flame]] of Disparity is this. It would have gone out at least one thousand years ago had Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight, had not '''[[SelfSacrificeScheme turned himself into]]''' '''''[[FateWorseThanDeath its fuel source]]'''''. If the player chooses the Link the Fire Ending, '''''they''''' become the new fuel source.]]

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** [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/DarkSoulsI The First Flame/Flame]] of Disparity is this. It would have gone out at least one thousand years ago had Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight, had not '''[[SelfSacrificeScheme turned himself into]]''' '''''[[FateWorseThanDeath its fuel source]]'''''. If the player chooses the Link the Fire Ending, '''''they''''' become the new fuel source.]]


* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', you can trap the souls of your foes in soul gems and use them to enchant your weapons, technically making them soul powered.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has technology and automatons built by the Dwemer and powered by soul gems, making them very literally soul powered engines.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The series has this present with Soul Gems. Using a [[YourSoulIsMine Soul-Trap]] spell (or a weapon enchanted with that effect) on an enemy and then killing that enemy allows for the capture of that enemy's soul, as long as
you have a large enough empty Soul Gem. (They typically range from Petty to Lesser to Common to Greater to Grand. Additionally there are Black Soul Gems, which are the equivalanet of Grand Soul Gems, which can trap the souls sapient "black" souls, like those of your foes in soul gems and use them [=NPCs=].) Filled Soul Gems can then be used to [[ItemCrafting enchant your weapons, technically making items]] to give them soul powered.
magical effects, or to recharge enchanted items.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has technology and [[MechaMooks automatons]] ("animunculi") built by the [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] which carry filled Soul Gems. The larger (and more powerful) the automaton, the more powerful the Soul Gem typically is. This has led to the theory that these automatons built are powered by the Soul Gems, which would make them literal soul powered engines. (There is debate among the fandom in regards to this, as previous appearances by the Dwemer and powered by soul gems, making them very literally soul powered engines.animunculi did not carry the filled Soul Gems.)


* ''TheScrewtapeLetters'': Demons work hard to tempt humans to be damned to Hell for the entirely practical reason that souls are demons' food.

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* ''TheScrewtapeLetters'': ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'': Demons work hard to tempt humans to be damned to Hell for the entirely practical reason that souls are demons' food.


* In ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', Mantra is the fuel that powers the demigods' technology and grants them their superhuman powers. The demigods can draw Mantra from human prayer. It's also far more efficient to just drain human souls for it. Over the 12,000 years between their betrayal of Asura and his resurrection, the Deities have gathered ''trillions'' of souls' worth of Mantra.

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* In ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', Mantra is the fuel that powers the demigods' technology and grants them their superhuman powers. The demigods can draw Mantra from human prayer. It's also far more efficient to just drain human souls for it. Over the 12,000 years between their betrayal of Asura and his resurrection, the Deities have gathered ''trillions'' of souls' worth of Mantra.Mantra, much of it being prepared for the Seven Deities' resident WaveMotionGun, the Brahmastra, which they intend to use against Gohma Vlitra.


** [[spoiler:The First Flame/Flame of Disparity is this. It would have gone out at least one thousand years ago had Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight, had not '''[[SelfSacrificeScheme turned himself into]]''' '''''[[FateWorseThanDeath its fuel source]]'''''. If the player chooses the Link the Fire Ending, '''''they''''' become the new fuel source.]]
** In the second game, both King Vendrick and the Ivory King worked out a way to create golems that are powered by souls. They're just lifeless statues until an enemy is killed near them, at which point they absorb the soul and start moving. This could be a good thing (maybe the golem is the mechanism by which that heavy gate is opened) or a bad thing (maybe the golem will now start attacking you itself).

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** [[spoiler:The [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII The First Flame/Flame Flame/Flame]] of Disparity is this. It would have gone out at least one thousand years ago had Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight, had not '''[[SelfSacrificeScheme turned himself into]]''' '''''[[FateWorseThanDeath its fuel source]]'''''. If the player chooses the Link the Fire Ending, '''''they''''' become the new fuel source.]]
** In the [[VideoGame/DarkSoulsII second game, game]], both King Vendrick and the Ivory King worked out a way to create golems that are powered by souls. They're just lifeless statues until an enemy is killed near them, at which point they absorb the soul and start moving. This could be a good thing (maybe the golem is the mechanism by which that heavy gate is opened) or a bad thing (maybe the golem will now start attacking you itself).itself).
** In the [[VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII third game]], [[spoiler:[[FinalBoss Soul of Cinder]] in a manifestation of whoever linked to the First Flame, it is an AnimatedArmor powered by the poor souls [[AndIMustScream burning inside for eternity]], including the [[DuelingPlayerCharacters Chosen Undead]] and [[NotQuiteDead Gwyn]], the only ways to spare them from burning are to either put off the First Flame for good or to usurp the fire.]]


The use of a human soul as energy to power a type of AppliedPhlebotinum. May Overlap with PoweredByAForsakenChild. See also HauntedTechnology.

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The use of a human soul as energy to power a type of AppliedPhlebotinum. May Overlap with PoweredByAForsakenChild. See also HauntedTechnology. SubTrope of SoulPower.


* In ''AsurasWrath'', Mantra is the fuel that powers the demigods' technology and grants them their superhuman powers. The demigods can draw Mantra from human prayer. It's also far more efficient to just drain human souls for it. Over the 12,000 years between their betrayal of Asura and his resurrection, the Deities have gathered ''trillions'' of souls' worth of Mantra.

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* In ''AsurasWrath'', ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', Mantra is the fuel that powers the demigods' technology and grants them their superhuman powers. The demigods can draw Mantra from human prayer. It's also far more efficient to just drain human souls for it. Over the 12,000 years between their betrayal of Asura and his resurrection, the Deities have gathered ''trillions'' of souls' worth of Mantra.

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