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19th Nov '17 11:10:34 AM Sharlee
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* The period mystery ''Eater of Souls'' is a serial-killer story set in Ancient Egypt. One of the few cases where the "Supernatural" variant of this trope is genuinely ''and plausibly'' suspected by the investigators.

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* The period mystery ''Eater of Souls'' is a serial-killer story set in Ancient Egypt. One of the few cases where the "Supernatural" "Visionary" variant of this trope is genuinely ''and plausibly'' suspected to be legitimately-supernatural by the investigators.



* The first story that featured the infamous demon barber Literature/SweeneyTodd, ''The String of Pearls'', had Sweeney murdering his customers by means of a barber's chair rigged to send people down to his basement, taking his razor to any who survived the fall, then delivering the bodies to Mrs. Lovett's pie shop across the street through a tunnel below to be made into pies. Sweeney was not motivated by vengeance like in the musical, but money. The story is a lot less romantic or melodramatic than the musical, and it ends with the two getting caught, Mrs. Lovett poisoning herself before the trial after almost getting lynched by her customers during her arrest, and Sweeney himself being tried, convicted, and hanged for his crimes.

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* The first story that featured the infamous demon barber Literature/SweeneyTodd, ''The String of Pearls'', had Sweeney murdering his customers by means of a barber's chair rigged to send people down to his basement, taking his razor to any who survived the fall, then delivering the bodies to Mrs. Lovett's pie shop across the street through a tunnel below to be made into pies. Sweeney was not motivated by vengeance like in the musical, but money. The story is a lot less romantic or melodramatic than the musical, and it ends with the two getting caught, Mrs. Lovett poisoning herself before the trial after almost getting lynched by her customers during her arrest, and Sweeney himself being tried, convicted, and hanged for his crimes. Note that Sweeny does share this trope's tendency to keep "trophies", as Tobias finds his house to be crammed with victims' clothing and other personal possessions.
19th Nov '17 11:07:09 AM Sharlee
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** Even more applicable in the original penny dreadful "The String Of Pearls", in which he's just a Hedonistic sociopath out to profit - in every unspeakable way possible - from his victims.
16th Nov '17 6:11:51 AM iroanxi
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* A rare Filipino version in Alex Carlos from ''Literature/SmallerAndSmallerCircles''. He is also a DepravedDentist and uses his dental tools to kill and eviscerate his victims, usually young boys from slum areas.

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* A rare Filipino version in Alex Carlos [[spoiler:Alex Carlos]] from ''Literature/SmallerAndSmallerCircles''. He [[spoiler:He is also a DepravedDentist and uses his dental tools tools]] to kill and eviscerate his victims, usually young boys from slum areas.
6th Nov '17 4:23:15 AM MarioKong
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* ''Manga/Murciélago'' focuses on ''Main/SerialKillerKiller'' Koumori Kuroko, who herself murdered 715 people before being caught. Her targets are serial killers too dangerous for normal police, such as a man who killed an entire train's worth of people with ''Main/RazorFloss'' and a giant wrestler doped up on ''Main/PsychoSerum''.

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* ''Manga/Murciélago'' [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Manga/Murcielago Murciélago]] focuses on ''Main/SerialKillerKiller'' Koumori Kuroko, who herself murdered 715 people before being caught. Her targets are serial killers too dangerous for normal police, such as a man who killed an entire train's worth of people with ''Main/RazorFloss'' and a giant wrestler doped up on ''Main/PsychoSerum''.
6th Nov '17 4:21:42 AM MarioKong
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* ''Manga/Murcielago'' focuses on ''Main/SerialKillerKiller'' Koumori Kuroko, who herself murdered 715 people before being caught. Her targets are serial killers too dangerous for normal police, such as a man who killed an entire train's worth of people with ''Main/RazorFloss'' and a giant wrestler doped up on ''Main/PsychoSerum''.

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* ''Manga/Murcielago'' ''Manga/Murciélago'' focuses on ''Main/SerialKillerKiller'' Koumori Kuroko, who herself murdered 715 people before being caught. Her targets are serial killers too dangerous for normal police, such as a man who killed an entire train's worth of people with ''Main/RazorFloss'' and a giant wrestler doped up on ''Main/PsychoSerum''.
6th Nov '17 4:19:54 AM MarioKong
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* ''Manga/Murcielago'' focuses on ''Main/SerialKillerKiller'' Koumori Kuroko, who herself murdered 715 people before being caught. Her targets are serial killers too dangerous for normal police, such as a man who killed an entire train's worth of people with ''Main/RazorFloss'' and a giant wrestler doped up on ''Main/PsychoSerum''.
1st Nov '17 5:50:35 AM skotavatar
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* A savage serial killer plagues the city in ''Literature/DanceoftheButterfly''. This is but one of many negative forces motivating the protagonists.
28th Oct '17 9:35:44 PM Pannic
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* ''Series/Mindhunter'' is based on the early days of criminal psychology in the 1970s, following a pair of FBI agents as they interview and attempt to understand the mentalities of serial killers.

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* ''Series/Mindhunter'' ''Series/{{Mindhunter}}'' is based on the early days of criminal psychology in the 1970s, following a pair of FBI agents as they interview and attempt to understand the mentalities of serial killers.
28th Oct '17 9:34:10 PM Pannic
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* ''Series/Mindhunter'' is based on the early days of criminal psychology in the 1970s, following a pair of FBI agents as they interview and attempt to understand the mentalities of serial killers.
18th Oct '17 7:19:35 AM Njein
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* '''Mission-Based''' -- The killer believes that their actions are [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans for the greater good]], or in the service of some higher purpose, because they are performing some kind of social, political, philosophical, or religious service, generally targeting people they blame for society's ills, or view as sinful, distasteful, or dangerous. Though they may be deluded, they are not psychotic like the Visionary killer, having a rough grasp on reality. {{Vigilante}} killers are a sub-type of this.

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* '''Mission-Based''' -- The killer [[KnightTemplar believes that their actions are are]] [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans for the greater good]], or in the service of some higher purpose, because they are performing some kind of social, political, philosophical, or religious service, generally targeting people they blame for society's ills, or view as sinful, distasteful, or dangerous. Though they may be deluded, they are not psychotic like the Visionary killer, having a rough grasp on reality. {{Vigilante}} killers are a sub-type of this.
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