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27th Jun '16 11:55:47 PM PaulA
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* ''The Book of Three'', the first entry in LloydAlexander's extremely Welsh ''ChroniclesOfPrydain'' series, briefly involves [[TheDragon the Horned King]] building a bunch of big, anthropomorphic wicker baskets, and then filling them full of peasants... This scene got completely omitted from Disney's adaptation, for [[{{Bowdlerize}} obvious reasons]].
23rd Jun '16 12:59:01 PM Ebrbfureh
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A variation on the trope is that the killings are performed by a minority and that the rest of the town is oblivious. This, too, has a twisted horror to it - the idea that families are participating in a horrible murder without realizing is very creepy.

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A variation on the trope is that the killings are performed by a minority and that the rest of the town is oblivious. This, too, has a twisted horror to it - the it--the idea that families are participating in a horrible murder without realizing is very creepy.



* In Creator/ShirleyJackson's short story "Literature/TheLottery", a village holds a village event in which families draw straws to see which family - and which family member - is the winner. [[spoiler:That member is then stoned to death by everyone else.]]

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* In Creator/ShirleyJackson's short story "Literature/TheLottery", a village holds a village event in which families draw straws to see which family - and family--and which family member - is member--is the winner. [[spoiler:That member is then stoned to death by everyone else.]]



** "The Awakening": A small village's celebrations of an historic anniversary incorporate ritual prompted by the evil being sleeping beneath the village church. The Doctor's companion, Tegan, is offered the Guest of Honor's place - on top of a pile of kindling, tied to a stake.

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** "The Awakening": A small village's celebrations of an historic anniversary incorporate ritual prompted by the evil being sleeping beneath the village church. The Doctor's companion, Tegan, is offered the Guest of Honor's place - on place--on top of a pile of kindling, tied to a stake.



* The ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode "Harvest" has Lois Lane invited to share dinner with a very nice family in a small town -- which plans to sacrifice her in a ritual to insure a bountiful harvest.

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* The ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode "Harvest" has Lois Lane invited to share dinner with a very nice family in a small town -- which town--which plans to sacrifice her in a ritual to insure a bountiful harvest.



* Played for laughs in ''KoboldsAteMyBaby''. Kobolds love parties and are gourmet cooks. King Torg (all hail King Torg) has decided to throw a party tomorrow. Kobolds are terrible planners and the tastiest meat for parties - human babies - is not in the pantry. The second tastiest thing in the world to a fresh baby is a fresh kobold. End result: the player characters, also known as the runtiest, weakest, and stupidest members of the tribe, better go round up dinner or become dinner. HilarityEnsues.

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* Played for laughs in ''KoboldsAteMyBaby''. Kobolds love parties and are gourmet cooks. King Torg (all hail King Torg) has decided to throw a party tomorrow. Kobolds are terrible planners and the tastiest meat for parties - human babies - is parties--human babies--is not in the pantry. The second tastiest thing in the world to a fresh baby is a fresh kobold. End result: the player characters, also known as the runtiest, weakest, and stupidest members of the tribe, better go round up dinner or become dinner. HilarityEnsues.
26th May '16 8:08:17 PM sorako
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** ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', a young boy discovers that the village he has just moved to suffers mysterious deaths and disappearances after every Watanagashi Festival. Watanagashi apparently was originally celebrated this way. Wata can mean "cotton" or "intestines".
** The SpiritualSuccessor, ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', tries hard to follow in its predecessor's footsteps. During the ending of the second arc, Beatrice throws a ball and gets her new slave, [[spoiler:Battler]], to dress her up for it, then brings him down to the ball to show off to all of her {{mook}} guests. After that, [[spoiler:he and his grandfather [[ImAHumanitarian become the main course]]]].

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** ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', a ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'': A young boy discovers that the village he has just moved to suffers mysterious deaths and disappearances after every Watanagashi Festival. Watanagashi apparently was originally celebrated this way. Wata can mean "cotton" or "intestines".
** The SpiritualSuccessor, ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', tries hard to follow in its predecessor's footsteps. During the ending of the second arc, Beatrice throws a ball and gets her new slave, [[spoiler:Battler]], Battler, to dress her up for it, then brings him down to the ball to show off to all of her {{mook}} guests. After that, [[spoiler:he he and his grandfather [[ImAHumanitarian become the main course]]]].course]].
26th May '16 8:06:48 PM sorako
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26th May '16 8:06:23 PM sorako
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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', a young boy discovers that the village he has just moved to suffers mysterious deaths and disappearances after every Watanagashi Festival.
** The way Watanagashi apparently was originally celebrated. Wata can mean "cotton" or "intestines".
** The spiritual successor, ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', tries hard to follow in its predecessor's footsteps. During the ending of the second arc, Beatrice throws a ball and gets her new slave, [[spoiler:Battler]], to dress her up for it, then brings him down to the ball to show off to all of her {{mook}} guests. After that, [[spoiler:he and his grandfather [[ImAHumanitarian become the main course]]]].



* Subverted in the second season of ''Manga/{{Mushishi}}''. A sake brewer gets lost in the mountains, and ends up stumbling on a mysterious gathering in the middle of the forest where strange, glowing sake is being served. Years later his son manages to brew seemingly identical sake and ends up stumbling on the same gathering, where possession of the sake makes people assume he's one of them, until it becomes clear that his sake doesn't have the mystical properties it's supposed to have, and he finds himself chased through the woods by an angry crowd of sinister mystics. [[spoiler:It turns out that they were simply ''Mushishi'' who were miffed that he unintentionally cheated them with what they considered a fake medicine, and the series' protagonist, Ginko, who is among them, lets him off with a warning and revelation that his sake does have ''some'' supernatural qualities that the ''Mushishi'' would be willing to pay for as long as he's being honest about it.]]
* In ''Manga/PandoraHearts'', [[spoiler: [[FauxAffablyEvil Isla Yura]]]] throws Oz a second Coming-of-Age party since his initial ceremony was interrupted. At first, the party proceeds as normal with friends, family, and members of [[BlueBlood high society]] showing up to congratulate Oz and celebrate the occasion. Cue the discovery of [[spoiler: a [[ReligionOfEvil crazed religious cult]] that worships [[EldritchLocation the Abyss]], a slew of BrainwashedAndCrazy {{Evil Orphan}}s, and the [[SerialKiller Headhunter]] who's been killing off members of the Nightray family, all within the mansion where the party is being held, and you get this trope. Turns out, Yura plotted the whole thing as a means to recreate the Tragedy of Sablier by using Alice and Leo as sacrifices and having Oz unwillingly perform the role of the treacherous friend.]] Suffice to say, it was one of the more tragic and disturbing story arcs in the series.



* In ''Manga/PandoraHearts'', [[spoiler: [[FauxAffablyEvil Isla Yura]]]] throws Oz a second Coming-of-Age party since his initial ceremony was interrupted. At first, the party proceeds as normal with friends, family, and members of [[BlueBlood high society]] showing up to congratulate Oz and celebrate the occasion. Cue the discovery of [[spoiler: a [[ReligionOfEvil crazed religious cult]] that worships [[EldritchLocation the Abyss]], a slew of BrainwashedAndCrazy {{Evil Orphan}}s, and the [[SerialKiller Headhunter]] who's been killing off members of the Nightray family, all within the mansion where the party is being held, and you get this trope. Turns out, Yura plotted the whole thing as a means to recreate the Tragedy of Sablier by using Alice and Leo as sacrifices and having Oz unwillingly perform the role of the treacherous friend.]] Suffice to say, it was one of the more tragic and disturbing story arcs in the series.
* Subverted in the second season of ''Manga/{{Mushishi}}''. A sake brewer gets lost in the mountains, and ends up stumbling on a mysterious gathering in the middle of the forest where strange, glowing sake is being served. Years later his son manages to brew seemingly identical sake and ends up stumbling on the same gathering, where possession of the sake makes people assume he's one of them, until it becomes clear that his sake doesn't have the mystical properties it's supposed to have, and he finds himself chased through the woods by an angry crowd of sinister mystics. [[spoiler:It turns out that they were simply ''Mushishi'' who were miffed that he unintentionally cheated them with what they considered a fake medicine, and the series' protagonist, Ginko, who is among them, lets him off with a warning and revelation that his sake does have ''some'' supernatural qualities that the ''Mushishi'' would be willing to pay for as long as he's being honest about it.]]



* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' starts with Booker arriving in Columbia and attending a raffle, which he wins. The prize is [[spoiler: first throw in the public stoning of an interracial couple.]]



* ''VideoGame/CarnEvil'' uses the trope as an underlying theme. Every event is meant to make you the main attraction. Whatever it is, though, the aim is to turn down the invitation.



* ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' has the full moon festival in Belinsk. There will be music, dancing, food, brightly-colored furries, and any human prisoners will be subjected to death by boiling for entertainment. The one you actually attend gets even worse-- [[spoiler: the player characters rescue the doomed prisoners by activating a PointlessDoomsdayDevice, which decimates ''half the continent''.]]



* ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' has the full moon festival in Belinsk. There will be music, dancing, food, brightly-colored furries, and any human prisoners will be subjected to death by boiling for entertainment. The one you actually attend gets even worse-- [[spoiler: the player characters rescue the doomed prisoners by activating a PointlessDoomsdayDevice, which decimates ''half the continent''.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/BioShockInfinite BioShock Infinite]]'' starts with Booker arriving in Columbia and attending a raffle, which he wins. The prize is [[spoiler: first throw in the public stoning of an interracial couple.]]
* ''VideoGame/CarnEvil'' uses the trope as an underlying theme. Every event is meant to make you the main attraction. Whatever it is, though, the aim is to turn down the invitation.


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** ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', a young boy discovers that the village he has just moved to suffers mysterious deaths and disappearances after every Watanagashi Festival. Watanagashi apparently was originally celebrated this way. Wata can mean "cotton" or "intestines".
** The SpiritualSuccessor, ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', tries hard to follow in its predecessor's footsteps. During the ending of the second arc, Beatrice throws a ball and gets her new slave, [[spoiler:Battler]], to dress her up for it, then brings him down to the ball to show off to all of her {{mook}} guests. After that, [[spoiler:he and his grandfather [[ImAHumanitarian become the main course]]]].
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24th May '16 11:08:19 AM TheNicestGuy
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** Via this, the trope inspired a [[http://www.snopes.com/language/offense/picnic.asp hoax email]] widely circulated around 1999-2000. The "public service announcement" claimed that these sorts of lynchings gave birth to the word ''picnic'': The original, utterly offensive phrase was "pick a nigger". Although the true etymology is well-known to be from the whimsical French ''piquenique'', the notion gained enough traction that SUNY/Albany [[SlaveToPR refused to use the word]] to describe a celebration even after their own faculty [[IgnoredExpert pointed out the error]]. (For bonus points, when they tried to call it an "outing" instead, [[UnpleasableFanbase homosexuals protested]].)
15th Apr '16 5:50:43 AM LondonKdS
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* In the ''Literature/{{Ambergris}}'' trilogy, the title town's Festival of the Freshwater Squid, which degenerates into mayhem with surprising frequency [[spoiler:due to mindwarping spores released by the Grey Caps, and later to full-blown fungal monsters created by them]].
1st Jan '16 5:25:40 PM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Smallville}}'' episode "Harvest" has Lois Lane invited to share dinner with a very nice family in a small town -- which plans to sacrifice her in a ritual to insure a bountiful harvest.

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* The ''{{Smallville}}'' ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode "Harvest" has Lois Lane invited to share dinner with a very nice family in a small town -- which plans to sacrifice her in a ritual to insure a bountiful harvest.
25th Dec '15 4:15:23 AM eroock
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-> ''A Rakdos party is a flop if anyone lives to talk about it.''

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-> ''A ->''"A Rakdos party is a flop if anyone lives to talk about it.''"''
28th Oct '15 8:55:51 AM gallium
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* 1966 film ''Film/EyeOfTheDevil'' has a quite similar plot to ''Film/TheWickerMan'' (which came out [[FollowTheLeader seven years later]]). It too involves a TownWithADarkSecret that conducts a seemingly innocuous fair, which is actually the prelude to a human sacrifice.
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