Created By: Swixer on March 16, 2011 Last Edited By: Swixer on March 16, 2011

Pulling a Venom

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Okay, so here it goes, at the end of a long and tiring journey, unparalleled amounts of hype and maybe a few dragons or minor villains, the hero finally gets his chance at fighting the Big Bad, the character everyone has been waiting to see in action since the tale began. He's mean, he's evil and he's ready to kick the ass of everything within a two mile radius and...

He's been beaten. Just like that. Surely there has to be a mistake. This can't be the evil so-and-so everyone was writhing in their seats waiting for? Surely this guy is an impostor or isn't really dead! However, as the credits begin to roll, it finally hits you: the badass is dead and it's all over.

Ladies and Gents, the badass has just Pulled a Venom. When a character who is popular, foreshadowed or continuously hyped (either by other characters or by fans) appears extremely late into the story and exits faster than the blink of an eye, either being defeated anti-climatically or killed, in a manner which leaves NO room for him/her to return. This is usually used as a means of wrapping a story up in an alloted time whilst still appeasing fans, to create an impact on the audience or for comedic effect however, it can also be a method of an author or writer eliminating a character they dislike or due to incompetence.

WARNING: This trope, naturally, houses spoilers.

This YKTTW needs a more detailed opener, perhaps and examples. Also, do we have this one yet?
Community Feedback Replies: 4
  • March 16, 2011
    Venom from Spider-Man 3 is the Trope Namer. He was highly anticipated by fans throughout the movie however, when he finally appeared, it was for a brief showdown followed by his death.
  • March 16, 2011
  • March 16, 2011
    ^ Agree. Seriously, he only was demanded for the movie because of things other than this trope, which makes the association context horrible.
  • March 16, 2011