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* ResurrectionDeathLoop: TheUndead are cursed to forever wander the world until they die enough times that they become Hollows, and lose their self completely. However, this is more or less a GameplayAndStorySegregation. While you, the player character, can't permanently die and are relocated back to a bonfire, [=NPCs=] and bosses don't spawn back when they die. It's also left vague if dying after becoming a Hollow results in permanent death or not.


* DesparatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Undead without a purpose or goal to keep their minds focused eventually become hollow. There are several [=NPCs=] you can assist with goals they are pursuing, but this almost inevitably ends with them going hollow and attacking you, since you are also taking their purpose away from them.

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* DesparatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Undead without a purpose or goal to keep their minds focused eventually become hollow. There are several [=NPCs=] you can assist with goals they are pursuing, but this almost inevitably ends with them going hollow and attacking you, since you are also taking their purpose away from them.

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* DesparatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Undead without a purpose or goal to keep their minds focused eventually become hollow. There are several [=NPCs=] you can assist with goals they are pursuing, but this almost inevitably ends with them going hollow and attacking you, since you are also taking their purpose away from them.

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* ImmortalityImmorality: The overarching theme of Dark Souls is that nothing lasts forever, and efforts to make it so (whether literally or figuratively), are either doomed to fail or a FateWorseThanDeath if successful.


** Artorias the Abysswalker's animal was a wolf, he was one of Gywn's most powerful knights and he was an inspiration to his fellow knights and civilians. He was also accompanied by his wolf, Sif, and he would later inspire the Undead Legion of Farron, who fought as a wolf pack and .

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** Artorias the Abysswalker's animal was a wolf, he was one of Gywn's most powerful knights and he was an inspiration to his fellow knights and civilians. He was also accompanied by his wolf, Sif, and he would later inspire the Undead Legion of Farron, who fought as a wolf pack and .pack.


''Dark Souls'' is a series of critically acclaimed HackAndSlash ActionRPG games developed by Creator/FROMSoftware and published by Creator/BandaiNamcoEntertainment. The series, developed by a Japanese developer, is rooted in [[EasternRPG Eastern]] game design principles, but also has a [[WesternRPG Western]] flavor, making it very well-received on both sides of the pond.

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''Dark Souls'' is a series of critically acclaimed HackAndSlash ActionRPG games developed by Creator/FROMSoftware and published by Creator/BandaiNamcoEntertainment. The series, developed by a Japanese developer, is rooted in [[EasternRPG Eastern]] game design principles, but also has a [[WesternRPG Western]] flavor, making it very well-received on both sides of the pond.


See also ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' (a spiritual predecessor to the ''Souls'' trilogy) and ''{{VideoGame/Bloodborne}}'' (a game with similar themes and gameplay but a very different setting), both also by [=FROMSoftware=]. Together, the so called "Soulsborne" style of gameplay has [[FromClonesToGenre inspired many imitations and seeped into the broader game design culture.]]

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See also ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' (a spiritual predecessor to the ''Souls'' trilogy) and trilogy), ''{{VideoGame/Bloodborne}}'' (a game with similar themes and gameplay but a very different setting), both and ''VideoGame/SekiroShadowsDieTwice'' (a game with similar but altered gameplay and a unqine setting, but retains the style of the Souls games), all also by [=FROMSoftware=]. Together, the so called "Soulsborne" style of gameplay has [[FromClonesToGenre inspired many imitations and seeped into the broader game design culture.]]
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* YouCantKillWhatsAlreadyDead: [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Undead]] is ''undead,'' remember. They can't be killed in a way that matters. They just teleport back to the last Bonfire they used, reverted to their RevenantZombie form.


* DualWielding: As in ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', you can equip an off-hand weapon, sacrificing your ability to parry for extra attacks, unless that weapon is something like the Parry Dagger.

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* DualWielding: As in ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', you can equip an off-hand weapon, sacrificing your ability to parry for extra attacks, unless that weapon is something like the Parry Dagger.Dagger, curved swords, katanas, thrusting swords, whips or fist weapons.


* LostInTranslation: There are ''dozens'' of misconceptions and inaccurate translations throughout the main 3 games and their expansions, ranging from relatively minor things such as [[SpellMyNameWithAnS the names/titles of characters and bosses]][[note]]such as "Manus, Father of the Abyss" actually being "Manus, ''Master'' of the Abyss"[[/note]], somewhat important things such as the origin of certain spell classes [[note]]the most infamous of which is the Demon Catalyst versus Ceaseless Discharge - [[WordOfGod Miyazaki himself]] had to clarify that the latter was the first demon in a developer interview contrary to the former's item description[[/note]] to outright story-critical things [[spoiler: such as the Lord Souls [[GodNeverSaidThat never being explicitly stated to be from the First Flame; rather, they were found ''near'' it as told via official release info in Japan at the time of the original game's release]]]]. It does ''not'' help that misconceptions of lore have morphed into [[WordOfDante commonly accepted fact]] which everyone accepts despite said "facts" not being true. However, the English lore community along with the major members of it (Vaatividya[[https://www.youtube.com/user/VaatiVidya]] being the most well-known example) are coming to correct past mistakes via [[TranslationCorrection people referencing original texts to verify official ones' integrity]].

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* LostInTranslation: There are ''dozens'' of misconceptions and inaccurate translations throughout the main 3 games and their expansions, ranging from relatively minor things such as [[SpellMyNameWithAnS the names/titles of characters and bosses]][[note]]such as "Manus, Father of the Abyss" actually being "Manus, ''Master'' of the Abyss"[[/note]], somewhat important things such as the origin of certain spell classes [[note]]the most infamous of which is the Demon Catalyst versus Ceaseless Discharge - [[WordOfGod Miyazaki himself]] had to clarify that the latter was the first demon in a developer interview contrary to the former's item description[[/note]] to outright story-critical things [[spoiler: such as the Lord Souls [[GodNeverSaidThat never being explicitly stated to be from the First Flame; rather, they were found ''near'' it as told via official release info in Japan at the time of the original game's release]]]]. It does ''not'' help that misconceptions of lore have morphed into [[WordOfDante commonly accepted fact]] which everyone accepts despite said "facts" not being true. However, the English lore community along with the major members of it (Vaatividya[[https://www.youtube.com/user/VaatiVidya]] being the most well-known example) are coming to correct past mistakes via [[TranslationCorrection people referencing original texts to verify official ones' integrity]].integrity.


* ArcNumber: The number 4 shows up several times in the series.

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* ArcNumber: The number 4 shows up several times in the series.series, which may or may not be a reference to [[Main/FourIsDeath Four Is Death.]]


** In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'', there are four Great Souls that must be collected to open the way to Drangleic Castle.

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** In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'', there are four Great Souls that must be collected to open the way to Drangleic Castle. The ''Scholars of the First Sin'' DLC pack also establishes that Manus' soul was split into four fragments, each becoming a queen and seducing their respective kings into ruin.

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* ArcNumber: The number 4 shows up several times in the series.
** In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsI'', there are four beings that possess Lord Souls who must be defeated to open the way to the First Flame an defeat Gwyn. Additionally, Gwyn had four knights who fought alongside him the dragon war.
** In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'', there are four Great Souls that must be collected to open the way to Drangleic Castle.
** In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'', there are four Lords of Cinder who must be put down and returned to their thrones to access the Kiln of the First Flame. Also, with the addition of ''The Ringed City'' DLC, Gwyn has four confirmed children.


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