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When someone dies and their spirit becomes a star.

This is a Death Trope most of the time, so spoilers do not have to be marked.

Examples of Stars Are Souls include:

Anime and Manga

  • The final scene of Sailor Moon has Usagi placing her hand over her heart and saying a star was just born (her daughter conceived).

Film -- Animated

  • In The Lion King, Simba says he was taught that the stars are the spirits of the old kings, which gets a confirmation when he later recieves a starry vision of his father. Timon, on the other hand, claims that stars are fireflies that got stuck in the sky. That also got The Princess and the Frog.
  • In The Princess and the Frog, when Ray dies, he becomes a star like Evangeline, who may or may not also be an example of this.

Film -- Live Action

  • In Dragonheart, Good Dragons who die become a star in the Draco constellation. This happens to Draco when he dies.

 Draco: To the stars Bowen. To the stars.

  • Done to Hercules at the end of the 1983 film starring Lou Ferrigno.
  • In Stardust when Tristan and Yvaine die they become Twin Stars.



 Who in their lifetime is good on Earth

will become an angel after death (...)

Once the clouds have gone to sleep

you can see us in god's keep

we are afraid and alone.

Myth and Legend

  • Orion was made into a constellation after being killed by Apollo's scorpion (also a constellation).
  • Heaven is usually depicted this way.

Video Games

Western Animation

  • Bionicle: subverted, Spirit Stars appear before a Toa is created or when a Toa completes a certain task.
  • One Looney Tunes short ended with Wile E. Coyote accidentally blasting himself off into space and exploding, creating a constellation of himself in the process.
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