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"The souls of children… give me strength."
― Freddy Krueger, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
"As a former champion, he has the right to do so. And he's far more dangerous than Goro. His power comes from the souls of vanquished warriors. To fight Shang to face not one... but a legion of adversaries. Remember that. "
― Raiden describing Shang Tsung, Mortal Kombat 1995

The power to gain strength from souls. Technique of Soul Manipulation. Variation of Affinity and Spiritual Power Link.

Also Called

  • Soul/Spirit Affinity
  • Spirit Empowerment


Users become stronger, faster, more durable, etc. when they come in contact with, are near or are in the possession of the soul of oneself and/or others, possibly unlocking abilities related to the affinity and enhancing the existing powers. Some users may be able to draw sustenance from the souls or even slow or stop aging.




  • Worth of the soul may effect the outcome.
  • How they possess the soul (collect them by hand, eat them, allow them in their domain etc.) may depend.

Known Users


  • Marceline Abadeer (Adventure Time)
  • Red (All Dogs Go To Heaven 2)
  • The Other Mother/Beldam (Coraline)
  • Hell-Lords (Marvel Comics)
  • Several demons (Marvel Comics)
  • Soul-Eaters (Marvel Comics)
  • Meteora Butterfly (Star vs. the Forces of Evil)


  • Blackheart (Ghost Rider)
  • Locke (The Little Mermaid; 2018 film); via Elizabeth's mermaid soul
  • Thora (The Little Mermaid; 2018 film); via Elizabeth's mermaid soul
  • Shang Tsung (Mortal Kombat 1995)
  • Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
  • Scrappy-Doo (Scooby-Doo 2002 film); via Daemon Ritus
  • The Djinn (Wishmaster)


  • Bounts (Bleach)
  • Demon Weapons (Soul Eater)
  • Kishin Eggs (Soul Eater)
  • Asura (Soul Eater)
  • Mana Eimiya (Super Dreadnought Girl 4946)
  • Hoaqin/White (Tower of God)
  • The Great Leviathan (Yu-Gi-Oh!)

Live Television

  • Castiel (Supernatural)
  • The Darkness (Supernatural)

Video Games

  • Soma Cruz (Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow); via Headhunter's Soul
  • Protagonists (Dark Souls series)
    • The Chosen Undead (Dark Souls)
    • Bearer of the Curse (Dark Souls II); can use the Ruler's Sword for further empowerment
    • The Ashen One (Dark Souls III)
  • Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight (Dark Souls)
  • Gravelord Nito (Dark Souls)
  • The Witch of Izalith (Dark Souls)
  • Furtive Pygmy (Dark Souls)
  • Old Iron King (Dark Souls II)
  • The Rotten (Dark Souls II)
  • The Lost Sinner (Dark Souls II)
  • The Duke's Dear Freja (Dark Souls II)
  • The Old Dragonslayer (Dark Souls II)
  • Nashandra (Dark Souls II)
  • Elana, the Squalid Queen (Dark Souls II)
  • Nadalia, Bride of Ash (Dark Souls II)
  • Alsanna, the Silent Oracle (Dark Souls II)
  • Slave Knight Gael (Dark Souls III)
  • The Slayer of Demons (Demon's Souls)
  • Apostles (Dies Irae)
  • Dragonborn (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim); limited to dragon souls
  • DIO, Gone To Heaven/Heaven Ascension DIO (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Over Heaven)
  • Venom symbiote (Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite)
  • Shang Tsung (Mortal Kombat)
  • Hadou Gods (Shinza Bansho)
  • Fighters (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate); via Spirits mode
  • Humans and Monsters (Undertale)

Known Objects

  • Houshin-Dai (Houshin Engi)
  • Gehaburn (Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2)