Created By: Aokage on March 18, 2013 Last Edited By: Aokage on March 21, 2013
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Make Them Rot

The power to make things decay.

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A character has the power to make things decompose. May require physical contact. If they can't turn their power off, they are also a Walking Wasteland. Sometimes this power may even work on non-organic material. Could be considered as the opposite of Green Thumb.

This can work in two ways:

  1. The target simply starts decomposing.

  2. The target first undergoes Rapid Aging.

Compare Enemy to All Living Things

Examples:

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[[folder: Comics]]
  • Judge Mortis, one of the four dreaded Dark Judges who periodically break into the reality of Mega City One in Judge Dredd, has the power to induce instant mortification and decay in anything he touches.
  • Blackout from Ghost Rider decays everything he touches almost instantly. In Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, he finds it rather surprising that the only food that doesn't mold up and rot away are Twinkies.
  • Carrion, a minor Spider-Man enemy has the ability to cause organic matter to rot with a touch.
  • DK, a minor villain from Irredeemable has this as his power.
  • In DP7 Dennis "Skuzz" Skuzinski's acidic skin makes everything he touches rot or burn away, including his clothes.
  • The mutant Wither from X-Men has the power to decay any organic material his skin comes in contact with. Power Incontinence leaves his power permanently on. Especially heartbreaking is when the majority of mutants in the world lose their ability, Wither mistakenly believes he has too. He grabs the wrist of the girl he is in love with and her hand withers away.
  • In the DC Universe, the Batman villains Clayface III (Preston Payne) and Clayface V (Cassius "Clay" Payne) could make the bodies of living creatures melt by touching them. Clayface VI (Dr. Peter Malley) could make them melt without touching them.
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[[folder: Film]]
  • The Big Bad of Raiders of the Lost Ark falls victim to this by choosing the wrong Grail to drink from.
  • Heavy Metal (1981). The Loc-Nar can give off a green energy that causes highly accelerated decomposition. If used on living creatures it causes death ("Grimaldi", "Harry Canyon"). If used on dead bodies it makes their flesh rot away and turns them into animated skeletons ("B-17").
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[[folder: Literature]]
  • The Shadow Ops book series has random people manifesting powerful magical powers. On rare occasions one of these powers is Negramancy, the power to accelerate entropy. When it is used, objects crumble to dust in seconds and living things start to rot and decay. The power is casually called Witchcraft or Black Magic and its use is prohibited under the penalty of death.
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  • On Charmed there was an episode that dealt with a demon of vanity that could de-age others and make them young and healthy again. He then shows that he can also reverse this and rapidly ages two women into piles of dust.
    • A later bad guy uses a spell to accomplish the same feat on a minor of his that has disappointed him.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
  • One spell available to followers of Nurgle (Nurgle's Rot) in Warhammer 40K can do this.
  • In Magic: The Gathering, there are spells like Putrefy, Decompose, Krovikan Rot, Abrupt Decay, Brainspoil and Rapid Decay, among others.
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • Necrotic/negative energy damage, which overlaps with Casting a Shadow.
    • If a Violet Fungi monster hit a living creature with one of its branches, the creature had to make a saving throw vs. poison or have its flesh rot and its body decompose.
  • Zerstoerung, the lost sorcery of Eisen, in 7th Sea, consisted mainly of these powers.
  • DC Heroes has the Cell Rot power, which can cause any living or formerly living substance to decompose. If used on a living creature it's treated as a normal Physical attack. The Batman villain Clayface III (Preston Payne) had this power.
  • The Calabim in In Nomine are surrounded by invisible fields of entropy that can break down the integrity of any ordered structures within their reach.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
  • The Fleshrot contact poison in Dragon Age: Origins makes the victim rot from the inside.
  • Death Knights in Warcraft II have the Death And Decay ability, which does devastating amounts of damage in a huge area as long as they have mana. In Warcraft III, the ability is now the Lich's ultimate ability, has a much smaller area, does percentage-of-maximum-health as continuous damage, and kills trees.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
  • SCP-073, better known as the biblical Cain, withers all plant matter in a small radius arounds himself.
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[[folder: WesternAnimation]]
  • Kid Rot from Grossology can rot all organic materials.
  • The Lich from Adventure Time in his first appearance kills everything he passes over, even water.
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Community Feedback Replies: 34
  • March 18, 2013
    AgProv
    Comics

    Judge Mortis, one of the four dreaded Dark Judges who periodically break into the reality of Mega City One in Judge Dredd, has the power to induce instant mortification and decay in anything he touches.
  • March 18, 2013
    TrueShadow1
  • March 18, 2013
    DRCEQ
    I think you should remove the "and" from the title. It'll make it easier to place the trope pothole in sentences more naturally.

  • March 18, 2013
    Koveras
  • March 18, 2013
    KZN02
  • March 18, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In DP7 Dennis "Skuzz" Skuzinski's acidic skin makes everything he touches rot or burn away, including his clothes.
  • March 18, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Needs a new name.

    • Carrion, a minor Spider Man enemy has the ability to cause organic matter to rot with a touch.
    • DK, a minor villain from Irredeemable has this as his power.
  • March 18, 2013
    Chabal2
    • One spell available to followers of Nurgle (Nurgle's Rot) in Warhammer 40 K can do this.
    • SCP-073, better known as the biblical Cain, withers all plant matter in a small radius arounds himself.
    • Death Knights in Warcraft II have the Death And Decay ability, which does devastating amounts of damage in a huge area as long as they have mana. In Warcraft III, the ability is now the Lich's ultimate ability, has a much smaller area, does percentage-of-maximum-health as continuous damage, and kills trees.
    • The Big Bad of Raiders Of The Lost Ark falls victim to this by choosing the wrong Grail to drink from.
  • March 18, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Anime And Manga
  • March 18, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Tabletop Games

    EDIT: Oh, and by the way, I second DRCEQ's suggestion to cut the "and" from the title.
  • March 18, 2013
    thewriter
    The mutant Wither from X-Men has the power to decay any organic material his skin comes in contact with. Power Incontinence leaves his power permanently on. Especially heartbreaking is when the majority of mutants in the world lose their ability, Wither mistakenly believes he has too. He grabs the wrist of the girl he is in love with and her hand withers away.

    On Charmed there was an episode that dealt with a demon of vanity that could de-age others and make them young and healthy again. He then shows that h can also reverse this and rapidly ages two women into piles of dust.
    • A later bad guy uses a spell to accomplish the same feat on a minor of his that has disappointed him.

    Vince: "What once resided in this place
    Shall soon be gone with no haste;
    Make this girl age in time
    As punishment for her heinous crime."
  • March 18, 2013
    ikeepcrawlingback
    Dungeons And Dragons has necrotic/negative energy damage, which overlaps with Casting A Shadow.
  • March 18, 2013
    OneInTwenty
    Should be noted that the specific rotting portrayed in most examples is similar to sudden dehydration, as if left in the sun for a week straight, no matter the climate.

    I can't find my copy of the anime "D" or I'd double-check, but I remember the antagonist vampire wilting vegetation as he passed.
  • March 18, 2013
    aurora369
    Zerstoerung, the lost sorcery of Eisen, in Seventh Sea, consisted mainly of these powers.
  • March 18, 2013
    TheAnswer
    The Lich from Adventure Time in his first appearance kills everything he passes over, even water.
  • March 19, 2013
    Arivne
    Often occurs as a result of Rapid Aging.

    Comic Books
    • In the DC Universe, the Batman villains Clayface III (Preston Payne) and Clayface V (Cassius "Clay" Payne) could make the bodies of living creatures melt by touching them. Clayface VI (Dr. Peter Malley) could make them melt without touching them.

    Film
    • Heavy Metal (1981). The Loc-Nar can give off a green energy that causes highly accelerated decomposition. If used on living creatures it causes death ("Grimaldi", "Harry Canyon"). If used on dead bodies it makes their flesh rot away and turns them into animated skeletons ("B-17").

    Tabletop Games
    • DC Heroes has the Cell Rot power, which can cause any living or formerly living substance to decompose. If used on a living creature it's treated as a normal Physical attack. The Batman villain Clayface III (Preston Payne) had this power.
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • If a Violet Fungi monster hit a living creature with one of its branches, the creature had to make a saving throw vs. poison or have its flesh rot and its body decompose.
  • March 19, 2013
    Stratadrake
    Seconding the call for a better title - I can't help but think of "rot in prison" every time I hear the verb "rot" used like that.
  • March 19, 2013
    JohnnyCache
    Tabletop Games
    • The Calabim in In Nomine are surrounded by invisible fields of entropy that can break down the integrity of any ordered structures within their reach.
  • March 19, 2013
    Aokage
    Okay, any suggestions for a better title?
  • March 19, 2013
    DRCEQ
  • March 19, 2013
    Aokage
    ^ It doesn't always require touching, though.
  • March 19, 2013
    thewriter
    How about Make Them Rot?
  • March 19, 2013
    Paradisesnake
  • March 19, 2013
    Aokage
    Is this is an Elemental Power?

    ^^Changed it to that for now.

    ^ None of those names really fits in my opinion. This isn't about someone dying, The Putrefier doesn't sound like a power and the others don't make me think "rotting".
  • March 19, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ No, the ability to make something rot is not an Elemental Power in itself. As far as I can see, the rotting can be caused by multiple factors like making time go faster or controlling bacteria, but they are just cases of Time Master and Plague Master.
  • March 19, 2013
    DRCEQ
    I like Make Them Rot. I think that works fine.
  • March 19, 2013
    TheHandle
    How about The Rotter? As in "You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch. You really are a heel..."
  • March 19, 2013
    Nocturna
    ^ A "rotter" is someone who is a jerk, so that would be a bad name.
  • March 19, 2013
    thewriter
    Putrefication Power? Putrefying Power? EDIT: I think Make Them Rot is fine though.
  • March 20, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Yeah, Make Them Rot works fine (I was actually content with the original Let Them Rot).

    Anyhow, please do something about that BIONICLE example. Just mentioning "Antroz's Mask Of Power" doesn't tell me anything about how it fits this trope.
  • March 20, 2013
    Koveras
    Make Them Rot is good.
  • March 20, 2013
    nielas
    • The Shadow Ops book series has random people manifesting powerful magical powers. On rare occasions one of these powers is Negramancy, the power to accelerate entropy. When it is used, objects crumble to dust in seconds and living things start to rot and decay. The power is casually called Witchcraft or Black Magic and its use is prohibited under the penalty of death.
  • March 20, 2013
    captainpat
    Make sure all of these examples explain how the person's powers work.
  • March 21, 2013
    Koveras
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