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* In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', the spirits of the departed live on inside Eiwa -- and their memories are accessible if you plug your ponytail into a tree.

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* In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', the spirits of the departed live on inside Eiwa Eywa -- and their memories are accessible if you plug your ponytail into a tree.living person finds a way to directly connect with it.


* The computer system that runs the Afterlife in Paul Robinson's ''InstrumentOfGod''.

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* The computer system that runs the Afterlife in Paul Robinson's ''InstrumentOfGod''.''Literature/InstrumentOfGod''.


* ''VideoGame/BioShock2'': [[spoiler: ADAM has become a variant. Once a human Splices with it, their genetic blueprint, personality, memories, and powers are imprinted in the substance contained in their bodies. [[KnightTemplar Sophia Lamb]] wishes to fuse her daughter with the aggregate genius of Rapture to make her the first "[[AGodAmI Utopian]]".]]

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* ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' and ''VideoGame/BioShock2'': [[spoiler: ADAM has become a variant. Once a human Splices with it, their genetic blueprint, personality, memories, and powers are imprinted in the substance contained in their bodies. bodies due to crossover of genes during genetic sampling, caused by the use of recycled ADAM harvested from corpses. This explains why Jack sees ghosts throughout Rapture. [[spoiler: [[KnightTemplar Sophia Lamb]] wishes to fuse her daughter with the aggregate genius of Rapture to make her the first "[[AGodAmI Utopian]]".]]

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* In ''Film/{{Contact}}'', Ellie's father appears to emerge from a stream of light.


* In some versions of Buddhism, souls go to the "Bardo" for a time-out between incarnations. Several interludes in ''The Years of Rice and Salt,'' an alternate-history novel by Kim Stanely Robinson, are set in the Bardo. The Chinese "Di Yu," or "Earth Prison," is similar to the Bardo although it is usually translated as "Hell" and there is some tormenting of sinners in the lower levels.

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* In some versions of Buddhism, souls go to the "Bardo" for a time-out between incarnations. Several interludes in ''The Years of Rice and Salt,'' ''Literature/TheYearsOfRiceAndSalt,'' an alternate-history novel by Kim Stanely Robinson, Creator/KimStanleyRobinson, are set in the Bardo. The Chinese "Di Yu," or "Earth Prison," is similar to the Bardo although it is usually translated as "Hell" and there is some tormenting of sinners in the lower levels.

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** ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' goes into it more. Everything is made up of the Living Force and when living things die, their Living Force flows into the Cosmic Force to be rejoined with all things.

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* In ''Manga/ShamanKing'', the Great Spirit ([[DubNameChange aka the King of Spirits]]) is a PillarOfLight from which all souls are born, and to which they return when they die. The role of the eponymous Shaman King is to channel the Great Spirit as their spirit partner for 500 years, [[GodJob during which time they wield all of its power and are effectively God]] (past holders of the title are implied to have included Jesus and Buddha).


* The Akasha from the {{Franchise/Nasuverse}} is the place where souls of the deceased are recycled to create new souls. However, it is also described as "the root of everything", as the concept of time does not apply; if a conscious being somehow manages to enter, it is basically TheNothingAfterDeath. Akasha is also where [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight the magi]] strive to reach, as "connecting" with Akasha allows the use of True Magic, which are miracles beyond the scope of current science or magecraft, such as [[{{Tsukihime}} Zelretch's]] alternate dimension travel.

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* The Akasha from the {{Franchise/Nasuverse}} is the place where souls of the deceased are recycled to create new souls. However, it is also described as "the root of everything", as the concept of time does not apply; if a conscious being somehow manages to enter, it is basically TheNothingAfterDeath. Akasha is also where [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight the magi]] strive to reach, as "connecting" with Akasha allows the use of True Magic, which are miracles beyond the scope of current science or magecraft, such as [[{{Tsukihime}} [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Zelretch's]] alternate dimension travel.


* The [=AllSpark=] in the ''{{Transformers}}'' series. At least, as far as the Anime/UnicronTrilogy is concerned. In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines,'' it was interchangeably called the Matrix (which is ''also'' the name of a MacGuffin that isn't really related to it.)
** The name is changed to "The Well of All Sparks" in ''TransformersAnimated'', mostly because in this one the Allspark is an actual, physical item. This may or may not go for the movieverse as well.
** Annoyingly, the name changes as the concept stays the same. But for all Transformerdom, this trope is the best way to describe it. All Sparks come from a source when they're incarnated and return to this source when they terminate, taking with it its knowledge and experiences to share with and improve the whole. "Where all are one," as Rhinox put it. You can ''sometimes'' communicate with it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', the Well of All Sparks is the soul of Primus, the creator of the Transformers. Every Spark is born from him and returns to him after death. [[spoiler:Transformers corrupted by Primus' ancient foe Unicron, like Megatron, are unable to return to it.]]

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* The [=AllSpark=] in the ''{{Transformers}}'' ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' series. At least, as far as the Anime/UnicronTrilogy ''Anime/UnicronTrilogy'' is concerned. In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines,'' it was interchangeably called the Matrix (which is ''also'' the name of a MacGuffin that isn't really related to it.)
** The name is changed to "The Well of All Sparks" in ''TransformersAnimated'', mostly because in this one the Allspark is an actual, physical item. This may or may not go for the movieverse as well.
** Annoyingly,
concerned.[[note]]Annoyingly, the name changes as the concept stays the same. But for all Transformerdom, this trope is the best way to describe it. All Sparks come from a source when they're incarnated and return to this source when they terminate, taking with it its knowledge and experiences to share with and improve the whole. "Where all are one," as Rhinox put it. You can ''sometimes'' communicate with it.
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it.[[/note]]
** In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines,'' it was interchangeably called the Matrix (which is ''also'' the name of a MacGuffin that isn't really related to it.)
** The name is changed to "The Well of All Sparks" in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', mostly because in this one the Allspark is an actual, physical item. This may or may not go for the movieverse as well.
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In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', the Well of All Sparks is the soul of Primus, the creator of the Transformers. Every Spark is born from him and returns to him after death. [[spoiler:Transformers corrupted by Primus' ancient foe Unicron, like Megatron, are unable to return to it.]]


* The Akasha from the {{Nasuverse}} is the place where souls of the deceased are recycled to create new souls. However, it is also described as "the root of everything", as the concept of time does not apply; if a conscious being somehow manages to enter, it is basically TheNothingAfterDeath. Akasha is also where [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight the magi]] strive to reach, as "connecting" with Akasha allows the use of True Magic, which are miracles beyond the scope of current science or magecraft, such as [[{{Tsukihime}} Zelretch's]] alternate dimension travel.

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* The Akasha from the {{Nasuverse}} {{Franchise/Nasuverse}} is the place where souls of the deceased are recycled to create new souls. However, it is also described as "the root of everything", as the concept of time does not apply; if a conscious being somehow manages to enter, it is basically TheNothingAfterDeath. Akasha is also where [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight the magi]] strive to reach, as "connecting" with Akasha allows the use of True Magic, which are miracles beyond the scope of current science or magecraft, such as [[{{Tsukihime}} Zelretch's]] alternate dimension travel.


-->-- '''The Promised Land''', ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''

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-->-- '''The '''"[[OminousLatinChanting The Promised Land''', Land"]]''', ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''


* The Speed Force in Franchise/TheDCU is sometimes portrayed like this. In essence, it acts as the Valhalla for all speedsters who use it directly when they die. It's not completely certain why this happened but it's believed that when [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]] was hit by the lightning bolt that gave him his powers that it simultaneously made him the first user of the Speed Force and sending the Speed Force throughout time and the multiverse. Since Barry is the first person to have the Speed Force every step he takes causes the Speed Force to grow making it it's own dimension.

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* The Speed Force in Franchise/TheDCU is sometimes portrayed like this. In essence, it acts as the Valhalla for all speedsters who use it directly when they die. It's not completely certain why this happened die, as a place where they'll be eternally happy and run forever... but it's believed that when also lose their individuality. Its existence is explained two ways:
** It has always existed and will always exist, and is just a part of the multiverse.
** When the second Flash,
[[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]] Allen]], was hit by the lightning bolt that gave him his powers that it simultaneously made him the first user of the Speed Force and sending sent the Speed Force throughout time and the multiverse. Since Barry is the first person to have the Speed Force Force, every step he takes causes the Speed Force to grow making it it's its own dimension.


* The Keywork in [[CoheedAndCambria The Amory Wars]] is a subversion: the souls are tortured and used as a fuel source for the entire galaxy. In fact, [[spoiler:there is an entire race, called Stars, who were created just for there to be more souls to burn.]]

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* The Keywork in [[CoheedAndCambria [[Music/CoheedAndCambria The Amory Wars]] is a subversion: the souls are tortured and used as a fuel source for the entire galaxy. In fact, [[spoiler:there is an entire race, called Stars, who were created just for there to be more souls to burn.]]


* [[ComicBookTropes Comic book]] example: The Speed Force in TheDCU is sometimes portrayed like this.
** In essence the Speed Force acts as the Valhalla for all speedsters who use it directly when they die. It's not completely certain why this happened but it's believed that when [[TheFlash Barry Allen]] was hit by the lightning bolt that gave him his powers that it simultaneously made him the first user of the Speed Force and sending the Speed Force throughout time and the multiverse. Since Barry is the first person to have the Speed Force every step he takes causes the Speed Force to grow making it it's own dimension.

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* [[ComicBookTropes Comic book]] example: The Speed Force in TheDCU Franchise/TheDCU is sometimes portrayed like this.
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this. In essence the Speed Force essence, it acts as the Valhalla for all speedsters who use it directly when they die. It's not completely certain why this happened but it's believed that when [[TheFlash [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]] was hit by the lightning bolt that gave him his powers that it simultaneously made him the first user of the Speed Force and sending the Speed Force throughout time and the multiverse. Since Barry is the first person to have the Speed Force every step he takes causes the Speed Force to grow making it it's own dimension.


** The concept returns in Final Fantasy XIV, and the "aethernet" is the technique of using a network of crystals to hitch a ride in the stream and pop back up at your destination intact. There are a couple cases of people travelling the Lifestream without the aid of those crystal entrance/exits [[spoiler:(Y'shtola and Thancred)]] by use of a forbidden spell called Flow. In both cases, long-term exposure had lasting effects. [[spoiler:Y'shtola, who couldn't even escape the stream without outside help, wound up blind and now resorts to "seeing" the aether around her with her own life force. Thancred's personal aether was disrupted to the point that he can no longer use magicks, meaning he couldn't just teleport back home when he popped back into the world.]]

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** The concept returns in Final Fantasy XIV, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', and the "aethernet" is the technique of using a network of crystals to hitch a ride in the stream and pop back up at your destination intact. There are a couple cases of people travelling the Lifestream without the aid of those crystal entrance/exits [[spoiler:(Y'shtola and Thancred)]] by use of a forbidden spell called Flow. In both cases, long-term exposure had lasting effects. [[spoiler:Y'shtola, who couldn't even escape the stream without outside help, wound up blind and now resorts to "seeing" the aether around her with her own life force. Thancred's personal aether was disrupted to the point that he can no longer use magicks, meaning he couldn't just teleport back home when he popped back into the world.]]

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