Created By: ginsengaddict2 on January 6, 2012 Last Edited By: ginsengaddict2 on January 12, 2012

Dead Lover

Villain kills hero\'s lover, hero kills villain

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Pretty straightforward, really. Not sure how we missed this one, what with You Killed My Father, Dead Little Sister and Dead Partner floating around.


  • Se7en: Wrath kills Envy.
  • Wing Commander: The intro to the game involves Thrahkath killing Angel. Blair lows up his ship in the end.
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • January 6, 2012
    If this ever pushes through, see also I Let Gwen Stacy Die and The Lost Lenore.
  • January 8, 2012
  • January 8, 2012
    Stuffed Into The Fridge would be a subtrope as well.
  • January 9, 2012
    Really, how did we miss this one?

  • January 9, 2012
    Needs A Better Title. Makes me think immediately of "I Love The Dead" and/or Necromantic
  • January 9, 2012
    Hold on, is this about someone's love being dead, as the title "Dead Lover" would make us think, or is it about avenging a dead lover, as "Villain kills hero's lover, hero kills villain " implies? One of those would probably have to change.
  • January 9, 2012
    ^ Hmm. You have a point. Murdered Lover? Of course, part of this is down to how exactly the death motivates the hero. A research scientist who studies a particular disease because it killed a loved one is a bit different from a person going after another person who killed the lover.
  • January 9, 2012
    Yeah, if this is a revenge trope, the title and description need to make clear as much as possible that this is specifically a revenge trope, since we do already have a couple of tropes about dead lovers that aren't specifically focused on revenge. Revenge For Beloved?
  • January 9, 2012
    Revenge For Beloved could work.
  • January 9, 2012
    Currently Dead Little Sister has this under it, but I could see a split, considering there's some specific things like a "I can't love anyone else!" attitude in a situation with a dead lover. I'm pretty sure the intent of this trope has nothing to do with a dead lover. There's nothing different about a lover-specific version of revenge, it's just like any other Best Served Cold or Roaring Rampage Of Revenge.
  • January 10, 2012
  • January 10, 2012
    • James Bond
      • Goldfinger. Bond has sex with Goldfinger's assistant Jill Masterson. Goldfinger retaliates against them by having Oddjob kill her. At the end of the movie Bond shoots out a window of the plane Goldfinger and he are on. Goldfinger is sucked out of the plane and falls to his death.
  • January 10, 2012
  • January 10, 2012
    @ Noir Grimoir -- isn't the "I can't love anyone else!" issue already addressed by The Mourning After?
  • January 12, 2012
    To those above arguing about the title, bear in mind that I based the current title off of Sister Tropes with similar titles. If you want to rename this one, rename the others as well.