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30th Apr '17 2:27:04 PM PrincessPandaTrope
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* ''Real-Life Monsters'' in ''[[Creator/{[Disney}} Walt Disney's]]'' ''Fun to Learn Library'' has an illustration of an Albertosaurus biting and clawing the neck of a Brontosaurus. Worst of all, blood is shown, despite the target audience being young children.
14th Mar '17 12:58:06 PM Darkfire545
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* ''Literature/BattleRoyale'', in each of the versions. Notable examples include Kyoichi Motobuchi's arm getting torn off, Tatsumichi Oki falling face-first onto the blade of an axe, Toshinori Oda getting riddled with bullets in the groin, and Sho Tsukioka's head exploding.
14th Mar '17 12:56:13 PM Darkfire545
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* ''Literature/BattleRoyale'', in each of the versions. Notable examples include Kyoichi Motobuchi's arm getting torn off, Tatsumichi Oki falling face-first onto the blade of an axe, Toshinori Oda getting riddled with bullets in the groin, and Sho Tsukioka's head exploding.
26th Jan '17 4:57:48 PM KatanaCat
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** Despite being a kid's series, th series has had some very graphic and almost cringe-worthy deaths. Some of these include being stung to death by a Portugese man-o-war, being blown up in a helicopter by a flying snowmobile, being impaled by a set of underwater spikes, having their back broken by a large magnet because of all the metal in their body and then drowning because of the weight, being crushed in a giant bottle with FREAKING QUARTERS, getting sucked into the engine of Air Force One with the remains being described as a "cloud of red gas", being sent back to Earth from space after being hit with a giant fireball, being crushed by a falling hot air balloon platform, having a hole blown in their chest by a medallion made of caesium while showering, having the top half of their plane fall on them before it explodes, and the most out there death of them all, when Kaspar is suspended in zero gravity, helpless as he floats backwards into a zero-g floating knife which impales him through the back of his head. Anthony Horowitz is one sick individual.

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** Despite being a kid's series, th the series has had some very graphic and almost cringe-worthy deaths. Some of these include being stung to death by a Portugese man-o-war, being blown up in a helicopter by a flying snowmobile, being impaled by a set of underwater spikes, having their back broken by a large magnet because of all the metal in their body and then drowning because of the weight, being crushed in a giant bottle with FREAKING QUARTERS, getting sucked into the engine of Air Force One with the remains being described as a "cloud of red gas", being sent back to Earth from space after being hit with a giant fireball, being crushed by a falling hot air balloon platform, having a hole blown in their chest by a medallion made of caesium while showering, having the top half of their plane fall on them before it explodes, and the most out there death of them all, when Kaspar is suspended in zero gravity, helpless as he floats backwards into a zero-g floating knife which impales him through the back of his head. Anthony Horowitz is one sick individual.
6th Dec '16 9:13:29 AM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Literature/VarjakPaw'', stray cats are taken off the streets and turned into [[spoiler:[[UncannyValley unsettling]] stuffed wind-up toys with blank glass eyes]]. It's even creepier for cats as their meow's come out as unnerving gibberish to them. The humans that buy them apparently don't realize that they're [[spoiler:actual cats]].
2nd Dec '16 1:57:55 PM Pichu-kun
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* The death of Toklo's IllBoy brother Tobi in ''Literature/SeekerBears'' is graphic and goes into detail about how glossed over his eyes are and how ill he smells. What makes it even more unnerving is Toklo caring more about being able to see how bears spirits go into rivers than the fact his brother is dying in front of him.



** Man oh MAN. You have no idea how gruesome and dark Richard Adams can be in his books. Many consider Watership Down to be among his more tame stories.
* ''Literature/WhereTheRedFernGrows'' is a popular book with fifth graders and early middle schoolers, some places even require you to read it. The book goes into graphic detail about hunting animals, a character dying, and [[spoiler:later the two dogs dying]].
* Many of Creator/HansChristianAndersen's tales are less than child-friendly, as most of them feature heartbreaking things happening to likeable/tragic/etc. characters (or objects, as the case may be). "Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl", anyone? Or the original "Little Mermaid"? And then there's "Literature/TheSteadfastTinSoldier". The story "The Fir Tree", while marketed as a children's story in modern times, has one heck of a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop. A fir tree is disgruntled with its happy life in the woods, is jealous of the trees that get ''cut down'' as Christmas trees, until it eventually is cut down and decorated for a rich family. After the holidays the tree is promptly ''thrown into the attic'' to turn brown and die, is dragged out of the house and stripped of the ornaments, and is then ''chopped up'' and fed to the fire (complete with ''sound effects'' of the tree being chopped and burning up in a 1950s era recording of the story!). Hans Christian Andersen is the king of the ''insane'' DownerEnding.

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** Man oh MAN. You have no idea how gruesome and dark Richard Adams can be in his books. Many consider Watership Down ''Watership Down'' to be among his more tame stories.
* ''Literature/WhereTheRedFernGrows'' is a popular book with fifth graders and early middle schoolers, some places even require you to read it. The book goes into graphic detail about hunting animals, a human character dying, and [[spoiler:later the two dogs dying]].
* Many of Creator/HansChristianAndersen's tales are less than child-friendly, as most of them feature heartbreaking things happening to likeable/tragic/etc. characters (or objects, as the case may be). "Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl", anyone? Or the original "Little Mermaid"? "Literature/TheLittleMermaid"? And then there's "Literature/TheSteadfastTinSoldier". The story "The Fir Tree", while marketed as a children's story in modern times, has one heck of a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop. A fir tree is disgruntled with its happy life in the woods, is jealous of the trees that get ''cut down'' as Christmas trees, until it eventually is cut down and decorated for a rich family. After the holidays the tree is promptly ''thrown into the attic'' to turn brown and die, is dragged out of the house and stripped of the ornaments, and is then ''chopped up'' and fed to the fire (complete with ''sound effects'' of the tree being chopped and burning up in a 1950s era recording of the story!). Hans Christian Andersen is the king of the ''insane'' DownerEnding.
23rd Nov '16 9:10:10 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''Literature/{{Dragons}}'':
** [[MauveShirt Minor character]] Hannah in ''Dark Fire'' gets torn apart in an ''incredibly'' vicious way due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time--she is [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled through the chest]] on a dragon's talon, with ''visceral'' descriptions of her blood oozing down and her organs ''popping through her skin speared on the dragon's claws.'' [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids This series is targeted at the 8-12 age bracket, of course.]]
** Hell, Ms. Gee's death too, which occurs shortly after Hannah's. She has her flesh stripped away by being drenched in gallons of dragon urine [[spoiler:from the awakening Gawaine]], to the point where there's nothing left but her ''skeleton'' - which then ''disintegrates''.


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* Despite being aimed at little girls, the ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' book don't shy from death or injury. NeverSayDie is not in use at all and in fact characters dying are either mentioned repeatedly or are outright shown on-screen. Fairies disappearing due to kids no longer believing in them are the most common death but they can also die from drowning or other accidental ways. Even if they don't die, characters are shown in [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence rather graphic]] pain, such as when Mother Dove broke her wings and was slowly dying after her magical egg (which is the reason why no one ages on Never Land) breaks.
* ''Literature/{{Dragons}}'':
** [[MauveShirt Minor character]] Hannah in ''Dark Fire'' gets torn apart in an ''incredibly'' vicious way due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time--she is [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled through the chest]] on a dragon's talon, with ''visceral'' descriptions of her blood oozing down and her organs ''popping through her skin speared on the dragon's claws.'' [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids This series is targeted at the 8-12 age bracket, of course.]]
** Hell, Ms. Gee's death too, which occurs shortly after Hannah's. She has her flesh stripped away by being drenched in gallons of dragon urine [[spoiler:from the awakening Gawaine]], to the point where there's nothing left but her ''skeleton'' - which then ''disintegrates''.
13th Sep '16 11:14:35 PM Scraggle
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* ''The Gashleycrumb Tinies''... that's all that needs to be said.

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* %%* ''The Gashleycrumb Tinies''... that's all that needs to be said.



** The pods in ''Mockingjay'' crank this tope up to eleven.

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** The pods in ''Mockingjay'' crank this tope trope up to eleven.
27th Jun '16 5:34:57 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Literature/IWantMyHatBack'' is a normal picture book for preschoolers until the end. The bear [[spoiler:eats the rabbit]] for stealing his hat and lying about seeing it. It's played for laughs at that.
19th Apr '16 5:56:30 PM Pichu-kun
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* One chapter of ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'' has The Cat (who is a nameless cat) decapitating a rat. He hates rats, and the rats are involved with the BigBad, but it's still graphical.

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* One chapter of ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'' has The Cat (who is a nameless cat) decapitating a rat. He hates rats, and the rats are involved with the BigBad, but it's still graphical.graphic.



* ''Literature/DearLittleAmerica'':

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