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1st Jun '16 8:11:17 AM Eievie
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->''"They tell me your son squealed like a girl when they nailed him to the cross. And your wife moaned like a whore when they ravished her... again... and again... and again."''

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->''"They tell me your son squealed like a girl when they nailed him to the cross. And your wife moaned like a whore when they ravished her... again... her… again… and again... again… and again."''



A character is killed off in a particularly gruesome manner and [[DeadGuyOnDisplay left to be found]] just to offend or insult someone, or to cause someone serious anguish. The usual victims are those [[FriendlyTarget who matter to the hero]], specifically [[HeterosexualLifePartners best buddies]], love interests, and {{sidekick}}s. In some cases, the doomed character may be killed by natural forces or by a character who doesn't have the intent to cause someone else angst — in this case, the intent comes from the writer, who wants to rouse strong emotions in another character.

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A character is killed off in a particularly gruesome manner and [[DeadGuyOnDisplay left to be found]] just to offend or insult someone, or to cause someone serious anguish. The usual victims are those [[FriendlyTarget who matter to the hero]], specifically [[HeterosexualLifePartners best buddies]], love interests, and {{sidekick}}s. In some cases, the doomed character may be killed by natural forces or by a character who doesn't have the intent to cause someone else angst — in angst--in this case, the intent comes from the writer, who wants to rouse strong emotions in another character.



While it is strictly true that TropesAreNotBad, this one, especially as a catchphrase, is often given a very negative connotation as it is all too often a hallmark of supremely lazy writing - using the death of a character as "cheap anger" for the protagonist, and devaluing the life of that character in the process, instead of giving the villain something actually interesting to do that can involve all three characters and more emotions than simple anger and angst.

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While it is strictly true that TropesAreNotBad, this one, especially as a catchphrase, is often given a very negative connotation as it is all too often a hallmark of supremely lazy writing - using writing--using the death of a character as "cheap anger" for the protagonist, and devaluing the life of that character in the process, instead of giving the villain something actually interesting to do that can involve all three characters and more emotions than simple anger and angst.



If the love interest who gets Stuffed Into the Fridge remains relevant to the ongoing story, continuing to be loved and missed by living characters, sometimes to the point of appearing in flashbacks and dream sequences, and is the standard by which any subsequent love interests are measured by, she "graduates" to being a [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenore]] - in quotation marks as the trope still needs to be handled with care to avoid being tasteless. Related to MenAreTheExpendableGender as that trope is part of the reason this trope applies more to women.

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If the love interest who gets Stuffed Into the Fridge remains relevant to the ongoing story, continuing to be loved and missed by living characters, sometimes to the point of appearing in flashbacks and dream sequences, and is the standard by which any subsequent love interests are measured by, she "graduates" to being a [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenore]] - in Lenore]]--in quotation marks as the trope still needs to be handled with care to avoid being tasteless. Related to MenAreTheExpendableGender as that trope is part of the reason this trope applies more to women.



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19th May '16 4:30:02 PM hiphiphu
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** [[spoiler: Shado]] is killed off when Oliver jumps in front of Sara during a sadistic choice by Ivo, sending both he and Slade into an emotional spiral. [[note]] Oliver did not actually choose Sara, Sara was simply in more immediate danger and Oliver acted based on that. Ivo killed Shado out of spite for Oliver's attempt at heroism.[[/note]]



** [[spoiler: Shado]] is killed off when Oliver jumps in front of Sara during a sadistic choice by Ivo, sending both he and Slade into an emotional spiral. [[note]] Oliver did not actually choose Sara, Sara was simply in more immediate danger and Oliver acted based on that. Ivo killed Shado out of spite for Oliver's attempt at heroism.[[/note]]
** In the Season 3 premiere, [[spoiler:Sara herself]] is randomly killed off, and to add insult to injury has her body literally put in a fridge for a while afterwards before she's buried. This resulted in such a gigantic backlash that not only was she later brought back to life, but made part of a superhero team on a whole other show.

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** [[spoiler: Shado]] is killed off when Oliver jumps in front of Sara during a sadistic choice by Ivo, sending both he and Slade into an emotional spiral. [[note]] Oliver did not actually choose Sara, Sara was simply in more immediate danger and Oliver acted based on that. Ivo killed Shado out of spite for Oliver's attempt at heroism.[[/note]]
** In the Season 3 premiere, [[spoiler:Sara herself]] herself, the Canary]] is randomly killed off, and to add insult to injury has her body literally put in a fridge for a while afterwards before she's buried. In an unusual case she was actually fridged for the sake of her [[spoiler: untrained sister Laurel, to motivate her try and become a vigilante.]] This resulted in such a gigantic backlash that not only was she later brought back to life, but made part of a superhero team on a whole other show.
18th May '16 3:14:22 PM hpfan4ever
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** [[spoiler: Ziva]]'s death. She was killed off three years after the actress left, solely so Tony could be left responsible for their [[spoiler: daughter]] and be written out of the show.
2nd May '16 4:28:17 PM eroock
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->"''They tell me your son squealed like a girl when they nailed him to the cross. And your wife moaned like a whore when they ravished her... again... and again... and again.''"

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->"''They ->''"They tell me your son squealed like a girl when they nailed him to the cross. And your wife moaned like a whore when they ravished her... again... and again... and again.''""''
23rd Apr '16 6:31:15 PM FantasyLover321
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** Two previous Spider-Man deaths can be seen as approaching this trope in a more roundabout fashion: in ASM #11, Betty Brant's barely-introduced brother Bennett is killed in the crossfire in a fight involving Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus, providing Betty with a reason to hate the web-slinger and thereby throwing a spanner in the works of her budding romance with Peter Parker.[[note]]This being comics, he eventually got better[[/note]] Later, in #90, a similar fate befell the father of Peter's new girlfriend Gwen Stacy, leading to another temporary estrangement between the hero and his love interest. However, in both cases the deaths were accidental.
20th Apr '16 3:52:10 PM ablackraptor
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* ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}}, on three occasions now. Firstly, when she's raped by Phantom Rider, which acts as something of a subversion as its ''her'' who gets the most affected by it, resulting in her killing the Phantom Rider; Hawkeye angsts about this, but only because he's scared she's descending back into supervillainy after all the work she did to get out of it. Later, she's killed by Mephisto, resulting in Clint falling into a downwards spiral for a while and eventually breaking up the West Coast team. After she's revived, she gets shot while on a mission with the New Avengers, all just to make the team, and Hawkeye, more angry at the villain.

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* ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}}, on three ''four'' occasions now. Firstly, when she's raped by Phantom Rider, which acts as something of a subversion as its ''her'' who gets the most affected by it, resulting in her killing the Phantom Rider; Hawkeye angsts about this, but only because he's scared she's descending back into supervillainy after all the work she did to get out of it.he can't understand how he could kill someone. Later, she's killed by Mephisto, resulting in Clint falling into a downwards spiral for a while and eventually breaking up the West Coast team. After she's revived, she gets shot while on a mission with the New Avengers, all just to make the team, and Hawkeye, more angry at the villain. And then after ''that'', she's left behind on a mission with the Secret Avengers without her memories, where she goes through MindRape, then gets lost during the failed rescue mission.
13th Apr '16 3:38:21 PM Wyldchyld
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': GenreSavvy that he is, [[spoiler:BigBad Sosuke Aizen]] planned to ''specifically'' invoke this, killing Ichigo's friends and leaving the corpses for Ichigo to discover. [[spoiler:Ichigo appeared in BigDamnHeroes fashion and forcibly moved Aizen out of town.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': GenreSavvy that he is, [[spoiler:BigBad [[BigBad Sosuke Aizen]] planned to ''specifically'' invoke this, killing Ichigo's friends and leaving the corpses for Ichigo to discover. [[spoiler:Ichigo appeared in BigDamnHeroes fashion and forcibly moved Aizen out of town.]]
10th Apr '16 3:38:51 PM speyeker
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* [[spoiler:Laurel/Black Canary,]] is killed off to motivate Oliver to fight against Damian Darhk, and to allow the relationship elements of the show to focus solely on [[spoiler: Oliver and Felicity.]]
7th Apr '16 3:18:27 AM WaryIntrusion
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* [[spoiler:Laurel/Black Canary,]] is killed off to motivate Oliver to fight against Damian Darhk, and to allow the relationship elements of the show to focus solely on [[spoiler: Oliver and Felicity.]]
6th Apr '16 6:51:56 PM tvstratus
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** [[spoiler:In the fourth season, Laurel Lance, the Black Canary, is magically restrained by Damien Darhk and then stabbed with one of Oliver's arrows. On her deathbed, she acknowledges that Oliver was always the love of her life, but encourages him to find his way back to Felicity.]]

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** [[spoiler:In the fourth season, Laurel Lance, the Black Canary, is magically restrained by Damien Darhk and then stabbed with one of Oliver's arrows. On her deathbed, she acknowledges that Oliver was always the love of her life, but encourages him to find his way back to Felicity. Yes: Laurel, the Black Canary, was fridged, and used her final words to prop up the Oliver/Felicity pairing.]]
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