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16th Jun '18 2:31:01 AM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Endeavour}}'': In "Muse", Morse investigates a series of murders where the victims are killed using methods inspired by Biblical murders as depicted in Renaissance art. Small wonder that Morse does not twig to the theme until he he sees several paintings reproduced in the same book.
21st May '18 4:40:45 AM JamesAustin
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->'''Moss''': If you were a murderer, what would your nickname be? Mine would be "The Gardener" cause I'd always leave a rose at the scene of the crime.\\
'''Roy''': What would your murder weapon be?\\
'''Moss''': ({{beat}}) [[ZigZaggedTrope A hammer.]]

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->'''Moss''': ->'''Moss:''' If you were a murderer, what would your nickname be? Mine would be "The Gardener" cause I'd always leave a rose at the scene of the crime.\\
'''Roy''': '''Roy:''' What would your murder weapon be?\\
'''Moss''': ({{beat}}) '''Moss:''' ''[{{beat}}]'' [[ZigZaggedTrope A hammer.]]



* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker once decided to kill everyone in Gotham whose name was a palindrome. Like most of Joker's crimes, this theme was selected on a whim.
** Another Franchise/{{Batman}} villain, Calendar Man, loves to commit crimes relating to certain holidays. He helps Batman track down another holiday-themed killer in ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween''.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} once fought a villain called the Inquisitor, who was killing priests using methods based on the seven deadly sins.

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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''
** ComicBook/TheJoker
once decided to kill everyone in Gotham whose name was a palindrome. Like most of Joker's crimes, this theme was selected on a whim.
** Another Franchise/{{Batman}} Batman villain, Calendar Man, loves to commit crimes relating to certain holidays. He helps Batman track down another holiday-themed killer in ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween''.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} ** Batman once fought a villain called the Inquisitor, who was killing priests using methods based on the seven deadly sins.



* The 2012 film ''TheRaven'' features a series of killings based on Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's works. As it's a 19th-century period piece, Poe himself gets involved in the investigation.

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* The 2012 film ''TheRaven'' ''Film/TheRaven2012'' features a series of killings based on Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's works. As it's a 19th-century period piece, Poe himself gets involved in the investigation.
20th Oct '17 4:35:00 AM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Endeavour}}'': A WickedCultured opera-themed serial killer seems to be choosing the names of his victims in the order of the notes of the treble clef, EGBDF. [[spoiler: While he is doing that, more specifically he's killing people who were involved with his original trial, or were related to those who were.]]

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* ''Series/{{Endeavour}}'': A In "Fugue", a WickedCultured opera-themed serial killer seems to be choosing the names of his victims in the order of the notes of the treble clef, EGBDF. [[spoiler: While he is doing that, more specifically he's killing people who were involved with his original trial, or were related to those who were.]]]] He also murders them in ways that are based on death scenes in operas.



* ''Series/{{Endeavour}}'': In "Fugue", the killer murders his victims in manners based on deaths in operas.
20th Oct '17 4:32:47 AM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Endeavour}}'': In "Fugue", the killer murders his victims in manners based on deaths in operas.
12th Sep '17 6:35:48 AM Xlsfd
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* ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' has Genocider Syo/Genocide Jack, [[spoiler:the SplitPersonality of Toko.]] [[spoiler:Her]] MO involves crucifying the victim with handmade ornamental scissors and writing '''[=BLOODSTAIN FEVER=]''' ("Bloodlust" in the english translation) with the victim's blood. [[spoiler:However, as she points out herself, killing someone with her MO doesn't make sense for herself, as the whole point of the DeadlyGame is to fool the other students into thinking that someone else is responsible. And since she doesn't want to kill without using her MO, she simply doesn't kill at all.]]
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12th Sep '17 6:34:36 AM Xlsfd
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* ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' has Genocider Syo/Genocide Jack, [[spoiler:the SplitPersonality of Toko.]] [[spoiler:Her]] MO involves crucifying the victim with handmade ornamental scissors and writing '''[=BLOODSTAIN FEVER=]''' ("Bloodlust" in the english translation) with the victim's blood. [[spoiler:However, as she points out herself, killing someone with her MO doesn't make sense for herself, as the whole point of the DeadlyGame is to fool the other students into thinking that someone else is responsible. And since she doesn't want to kill without using her MO, she simply doesn't kill at all.]]
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25th Mar '17 7:52:58 AM erforce
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* In ''Film/TheatreOfBlood'', VincentPrice (playing a [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean]] actor) kills theatre critics in the manner of various deaths from Shakespeare's plays.

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* In ''Film/TheatreOfBlood'', VincentPrice Creator/VincentPrice (playing a hammy [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean]] actor) kills theatre critics in the manner of various deaths from Shakespeare's plays.
1st Mar '17 7:35:30 PM nombretomado
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* ElleryQueen used this one a ''lot'':

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* ElleryQueen Creator/ElleryQueen used this one a ''lot'':
16th Feb '17 4:25:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}'': Kit Nelson, one of the escaped inmates from Alcatraz, was a [[WouldHurtAChild child killer]] who always performed the same ritual to imitate the way that [[SiblingMurder he murdered his own brother]], who was his first victim. He only targeted preadolescent boys, breaking into their rooms at night to kidnap them, then force them to participate in his brother's favorite pastimes. Eventually he would strangle them and drop off the bodies back in their room with a flower in their hand.
22nd Oct '16 6:28:03 PM foxley
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* ''Literature/ShadowPolice'': The killer in ''Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?'' uses the murders in the Sherlock Holmes stories as their theme.
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