Created By: Earnest on July 4, 2012 Last Edited By: Earnest on July 6, 2012
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Joggers Find Death

Joggers either die, or discover dead bodies

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"It's the joggers I don't trust, they're always the ones to find the bodies!"

The health-conscious analog of Disposable Vagrant. Joggers have a tendency of being the target of Serial Killers, muggers, and monsters in the woods. Similarly, they are also the most likely to discover the victims of all of the above.

Why joggers? Because it's a solitary activity (or at least, it can be easily done alone, jogging with friends is fun) and this can be played for scares by making audiences relate to the solitude and helplessness when danger strikes. Recent technology (starting from the Walkman days) has graciously provided joggers with means of distracting their ears as well, making them easier targets. Similarly, joggers are drawn to nature and secluded locations, both of which make for good places to snatch victims or dump bodies. All in all, joggers in fiction are akin to Red Riding Hood; colorful targets moving obliviously through dangerous places where nasty predators do their work.

As a Death Trope, there are unmarked Spoilers ahead.

Comedy
  • The Onion had an article piece on joggers fed up with finding dead bodies all the time.

Literature
  • This happens at least once in the Savannah Reid mysteries.
  • The opening of Richard Harris' novel and film Fatherland. In which a Waffen-SS soldier out on a morning training run by a Berlin lake discovers the corpse of a retired high-ranking Nazi who has been murdered. (The hapless squaddie is murdered too, later.)

Live-Action TV
  • It happens an episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation. Sean runs over a jogger.
  • The pilot episode of Grimm kicks off with a creature eating a jogger.
  • This is occasionally how Law & Order gets from Start to Corpse.
  • In The Sopranos, Mikey Palmice is killed while jogging.
  • In Criminal Minds, in the episode titled The Popular Kids, The first victim is snatched and killed while jogging.
    • Additionally, The Footpath Killer, also from Criminal Minds, might count for this as well, though he killed Hikers.
  • Subverted in CSI -- the guy found dead dressed as a jogger wasn't really one;the killer just dressed and used a process to freeze him in position so he'd look like a dead jogger.
    • Played straighter though with the jogger who was killed by the woman with porphyria, so she could eat his organs.

Western Animation
  • In /Regular Show, a jogger was one of the first things the Ybgir Jinx Monster attacked.
  • In a /The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode, Homer runs over & kills Ned Flanders while he (Flanders) is out on a fog walk.

Real Life
  • Jim Fixx.
  • Jogging can be a stressful activity for those who have health issues or who aren't used to it. Heart attacks, asthma, heatstroke, etc can result in a dead jogger fairly quickly if there's no one around to help.
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • July 4, 2012
    surgoshan
  • July 5, 2012
    Arivne
    This will be a Death Trope, so an "Unmarked spoilers ahead" warning should be added.
  • July 5, 2012
    Astaroth
    Possible page quote for this trope?

    "It's the joggers I don't trust, they're always the ones to find the bodies!" - Bill Bailey
  • July 5, 2012
    peccantis
    Recent technology (starting from the Walkman days) has graciously provided joggers with means of distracting their ears as well, making them easier targets.
  • July 5, 2012
    LongLiveRock
    Don't forget Jim Fixx IRL!
  • July 5, 2012
    ElCheViva
    In The Sopranos, Mikey Palmice is killed while jogging.
  • July 5, 2012
    cabr321
    In Regular Show, a jogger was one of the first things the Ybgir Jinx Monster attacked.
  • July 5, 2012
    kjnoren
    Alternative title that encompasses both varieties of the trope: Joggers Finds Death.

    ETA: No, that should be Joggers Find Death. I blame being Scandahoovian.
  • July 5, 2012
    piscula
    In Criminal Minds, in the episode titled The Popular Kids, The first victim is snatched and killed while jogging.

    Additionally, The Footpath Killer, also from Criminal Minds, might count for this as well, though he killed Hikers.
  • July 5, 2012
    chicagomel
    Subverted in CSI-the guy found dead dressed as a jogger wasn't really one;the killer just dressed and used a process to freeze him in position so he'd look like a dead jogger.
    • Played straighter though with the jogger who was killed by the woman with porphyria, so she could eat his organs.
  • July 5, 2012
    wanderlustwarrior
    I think I'd had something like this a while ago. Specifically, that people on outdoorsy dates often wound up dead or stumbling on a crime scene.
  • July 5, 2012
    Dawnwing
    Literature:
  • July 5, 2012
    silverpaperclip
    It happens an episode of Degrassi; The Next Generation. Sean runs over a jogger.
  • July 5, 2012
    LittleLizard
    Dont like th name. What about Death Love Joggers or Jogging Equals Death?
  • July 6, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In a Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror episode, Homer runs over & kills Ned Flanders while he (Flanders) is out on a fog walk.
  • July 6, 2012
    AgProv
    The opening of Richard Harris' novel and film Fatherland. In which a Waffen-SS soldier out on a morning training run by a Berlin lake discovers the corpse of a retired high-ranking Nazi who has been murdered. (The hapless squaddie is murdered too, later.)
  • July 6, 2012
    telyni
    Real Life:
    • Jogging can be a stressful activity for those who have health issues or who aren't used to it. Heart attacks, asthma, heatstroke, etc can result in a dead jogger fairly quickly if there's no one around to help.

    Add a vote for the Joggers Find Death name suggestion.
  • July 6, 2012
    kjnoren
    Another reason why joggers are popular: the other usual outdoors activity for common people would be to walk the dog, but that doesn't give as good an opportunity for loving camera work on moving bodies, and people walking dogs would tend to be older.
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