Created By: CaveCat on January 4, 2013 Last Edited By: CaveCat on February 14, 2013
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The X Of Death

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You've suddenly found yourself face to face with the villain. It may appear that the villain may possibly go for the kill right away, but instead, he decides to torment you with a weapon that he calls "The X Of Death".

This is when a weapon or other item is given a name that ends with "Of Death".

See also: Doomy Dooms of Doom, Names to Run Away from Really Fast, Title of the Dead, I Don't Like the Sound of That Place (if it happens to be a location)

Subtrope of: The X of Y


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Examples:

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  • The game show Street Smarts had "The Wager of Death" as it's take on "Final Jeopardy!" Each player would wager any or all of their score on a final question their chosen recorded person had been asked before the show and they'd have to guess whether that person got it right or not.
  • In an episode of Frasier Roz gets the nickname "Angel of Death" because the people at a retirement home she visits tend to die soon afterwards.
  • A spoof Doctor Who episode made for Comic Relief was called The Curse Of Fatal Death.
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  • 8-Bit Theater has the Swamp of Death. It's right after Forest of Doom and Desert of Despair. You'd think there would be a better way for our heroes to choose, but when you're trying to get to a place called Castle of Ordeals...
    Fighter: Oh, that doesn't sound so bad.
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  • At the end of some episodes of Golden Book Video Killers, Grumpy and Daffy will fearfully comment about the tape being left running after a Golden Book Video ends before being scared off by what they call "The White Screen of Death" (which is a blank white tone screen). After they've run off, another character will then be revealed to be the one who set up said screen.
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  • The Simpsons: Bart is going to karate school, but actually he plays hooky from there and just plays videogames at the nearby arcade. When Lisa asks him what he learned, he tells her "the Touch of Death," which is really just from the game.
  • Fist of Death: wielded by Alice in the Dilbert cartoons.
  • The Dreamstone pilot involves the Urpneys attempting to utilize Urpgor's invention "The Egg Of Death" on the heroes. It is implied by Zordrak to be one of the deadliest weapons under his force, it's true power is never seen however since the Urpneys fire it improperly, cracking it and creating nothing more than a nasty stench.
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  • Magic shows have "The Table of Death" where a magician or escape artist is chained or otherwise secured onto a table. Above the table is an array of deadly spikes that would otherwise impale him or her IF the restraints can't be escaped and the spike array can't be avoided in time. The time limit is enforced by a rope holding the array up which is then set burning--and is up when the rope's burned all the way through.
  • There are a lot of technological problems named like this: Blue Screen of Death (crashing of a Windows system), Red Ring of Death (Xbox 360 system failure) and Click of Death. (computer disk drive failure), to name a few.
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Community Feedback Replies: 30
  • January 4, 2013
    KZN02
  • January 5, 2013
    Arivne

  • January 5, 2013
    m8e
  • January 5, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^No, that would be a snowclone of Doomy Dooms Of Doom.
  • January 5, 2013
    DRCEQ
    ^ This proposed trope already is. Numerous examples on Doomy Dooms Of Doom use the "Of Death" variant, which means that this is pretty much The Same But More.
  • January 5, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^Well, that's beside the point. I checked out Doomy Dooms Of Doom a few minutes ago, and I only found two examples that had the "Of Death" variant in there. Therefore, this would not be a snowclone of that trope. I mean sure "Death" is the same as "Doom", but they are two completely different words. So I feel that a trope dealing with weapons or items that have "Of Death" is a good idea. Say what you will about it, but this trope stays as it is.
  • January 6, 2013
    DRCEQ
    ^ Searching for "Of Death" on the page results in 8 examples. Granted, that is a very small amount compared to the rest of the page, but Tropes Are Flexible, and nobody has objected to them being there so far.
  • January 6, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^I think this trope and Doomy Dooms Of Doom need to be separate tropes, so the "Of Death" examples should be removed from Doomy Dooms Of Doom and placed here, but I'll let the Mythbusters example on that one slide.
  • January 6, 2013
    justanid
    Also a subtrope of The X Of Y.

  • January 6, 2013
    chicagomel
    Should Heroic RROD be in this list? I can't tell because it means Red Ring of Death, but the title is abbreviated.
  • January 6, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^I suppose so, I guess that one would count.
  • January 6, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • The Simpsons: Bart is going to karate school, but actually he plays hooky from there and just plays videogames at the nearby arcade. When Lisa asks him what he learned, he tells her "the Touch of Death," which is really just from the game.
    • In Unforgiven English Bob has a biographer who follows him around. One Dime Novel of his exploits has been written, called "The Duke of Death." Or as Little Bill insists on pronouncing it, the "Duck of Death."
  • January 7, 2013
    DRCEQ
    ^^^ Heroic RROD is when a character's body physically shuts or breaks down. It's not a death trope for the most part.
  • January 7, 2013
    AgProv
    fist of Death: wielded by Alice in the Dilbert cartoons.
  • January 12, 2013
    peccantis
    Sounds like a Search Generated Index.
  • January 20, 2013
    Psi001
    • The Dreamstone pilot involves the Urpneys attempting to utilize Urpgor's invention "The Egg Of Death" on the heroes. It is implied by Zordrak to be one of the deadliest weapons under his force, it's true power is never seen however since the Urpneys fire it improperly, cracking it and creating nothing more than a nasty stench.
  • January 21, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Webcomics:
    • 8-Bit Theater has the Swamp of Death. It's right after Forest of Doom and Desert of Despair. You'd think there would be a better way for our heroes to choose, but when you're trying to get to a place called Castle of Ordeals...
      Fighter: Oh, that doesn't sound so bad.
  • January 21, 2013
    Scalondragon
    The game show "Street Smarts" had "The Wager of Death" as it's take on "Final Jeopardy!" Each player would wager any or all of their score on a final question their chosen recorded person had been asked before the show and they'd have to guess whether that person got it right or not.

    Also, magic shows have "The Table of Death" where a magician or escape artist is chained or otherwise secured onto a table. Above the table is an array of deadly spikes that would otherwise impale him or her IF the restraints can't be escaped and the spike array can't be avoided in time. The time limit is enforced by a rope holding the array up which is then set burning--and is up when the rope's burned all the way through.
    • This turned into a literal example for an episode of Diagnosis Murder when someone who knew this trick sabotaged it for the Masked Magician of the episode in a spoof of his "Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed." It (for the show) "literally killed him" and it was up to Dr. Mark Sloan, who liked magic as well, to see who set the Magican up as the victim.
  • January 22, 2013
    randomsurfer
    ^Street Smarts has a page here FYI.
  • January 22, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^^I don't think the Diagnosis Murder example counts.
  • January 22, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Anime & Manga:
  • January 22, 2013
    rodneyAnonymous
    "...I only found two examples that had the 'Of Death' variant in there..."

    So add more.
  • January 23, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^I can't seem to think of any more examples for this one.
  • January 23, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Real Life:

    EDIT: Oops, sorry. Didn't notice the No Real Life Examples part.
  • January 24, 2013
    m8e
    I'm not seeing how having real life examples or not changes if this is PSOC or not.

    This is pretty much the same thing as Doomy Dooms Of Doom except for the word death instead of doom, and Doomy Dooms Of Doom have real life examples.
  • January 25, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^You're right. I'll change it so that it will include Real Life examples.
  • January 29, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Anime & Manga:
  • January 29, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of Frasier Roz gets the nickname "Angel of Death" because the people at a retirement home she visits tend to die soon afterwards.
  • February 9, 2013
    robinjohnson
  • February 14, 2013
    Telcontar
    I'm with M8e; this isn't distinct from Doomy Dooms Of Doom. The meaning behind OF DOOM! and OF DEATH! is the same -- to make a weapon or place sound deadly, ominous, or otherwise bad, and to glorify the user or resident. That one can encompass The X Of Death just fine. Even though "death" isn't necessarily as echo-y as "doom", the primeval feeling that that page describes can be found in the idea of death as well.
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