Top left panel from http://www.vanvonhunter.com/vvh233.html
deserves to be added
My favoriate example is from the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves:
"Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans. No more merciful beheadings... And call off Christmas!"
: In the Family Guy
example about the villain showing his meanness by shooting a dog, I removed the link to Shoot the Dog
, because that's actually about something different.
: Don't they say that most serial killers hurt small animals as children. I think for a Truth in Television
markup we should mention that.
: True, but IMO, the trope is not just "characters who are evil hurt animals." It's a storytelling technique indicating someone's truly evil by portraying them doing something truly despicable, same as indicating someone's... evil by having them wear black.
: That is being so inverted after Matrix (Also i think you win an award for strangest use of ellipses ever) But your right, no need to put it in.
: I think someone mixed up Morality and Mort
ality in that link.
: The Transformers wiki has a page on Cobra Comander due to crossovers, and it includes a picture of him actually dropkicking a puppy.◊
This has to be thrown in. Let's steal whichever size works. :) LATER: Done. How's the size work for you party people in the place to be?
: Works well for me.
: All right, that picture seems to have found a place here, hotlinked though it may be... If someone can mirror it on this Wiki, or tell me how to, that'd probably go a long way to smothing things over with Seth
: Go to the Categories menu, Tools, Media Uploader.
: Wow, Cobra Commander is a bastard.
Eric Der Konig
: That picture cracks me up. Does that make me a horrible person?
: Oh, thank God I'm not alone in thinking that picture's funny.
: I might be thinking of the wrong trope... do we have a different one that handles the hierarchy of rising audience empathy related to who is threatened or killed? I read somewhere that the audience feels a little bad if a man is threatened or killed, a bit worse if it's a woman, a lot worse if it's a child, and OH NO NOT THE DOG! (roughly) So if you want to shamelessly pull the audience into the story, have them on the edge of their seats, stick in a dog who is in danger. (See Independence Day
in the tunnel... although that one was, I think, really well done.)
Anyway, whichever trope covers that, audience involvement based on a hierarchy of which characters "really shouldn't die," well, I know we're not putting Harry Potter
spoilers up yet (and I won't be spoiler-y here on the talk page either), but when they do go up, I'd like to see an entry for the non-human casualty that had practically everyone, including the author, bawling. Not a dog, no, but the principle is sound.
AKK: I saw on World's Wildest Commercials an old Diesel ad where there's 2 guys heading for a shootout in the Wild West. The "villain" fellow not only kicks the dog, but also steals candy from a little girl. Sadly, my Tube-Fu is not so good, so I couldn't find said ad, but if someone could verify it, they have my thanks. :)
: Pulling for lack of context (the quote mentioned isn't there):
- Interesting aversion: The quote at the top of the page is a reference to the making of one of the Friday the 13th films, in which the script called for Jason Voorhees to (literally) Kick a Dog. Jason's actor Kane Hodder objected to this, stating his belief that while Jason was very violent, he was not evil enough to kick a dog.
Marikina: Does the actions of the eponymous protagonist of Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
count? She buys a puppy and then shoots it in the head to test out her gun, and probably to exercise a fantasy of her shooting the villain like a dog.
: Restorations here will have to be hand, as there is too much difference between the last back up and this bowlderized version. The bowlderizer has been blocked.
Lightice: I don't understand why in the Pan's Labyrinth
entry does having a couple of rabbits cooked for food supposedly cross the Moral Event Horizon
, when the man just has had two innocents brutally killed for wasting his time. It's not like he killed them to get
the rabbits, or anything - that was purely coincedental.
Is there a sub-category for when a villain "kicks the dog" by gratuitously showing racial prejudice? An example I'm thinking is in Trading Places
, where the Eddie Murphy character overhears the Dukes saying how of course they can't "have a nigger run our family business". Does that just go on the Kick the Dog
page, or is there a special sub-trope already established?