Created By: CornwindEvilman on October 14, 2016 Last Edited By: intastiel on October 6, 2017
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Murder Into Malevolence

A good or neutral person dies horrifically and becomes a malevolent undead entity.

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"When someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage... a curse is born. The curse gathers in that place of death. Those who encounter it will be consumed by its fury. "

A theory that crops up often in paranormal studies and theories is that actions and emotions leave a sort of "residue" on locations. This concept is usually used to explain why a place is haunted, suffering from poltergeists, and whatnot: bad things have "stained" the place. And sometimes, it seems, bad things stain souls as well.

It's an old saw: someone kills someone, often in an extremely cruel or vicious way, but they don't stay dead. Unfortunately, they don't stay themselves either. The actions that led to their demise have completely consumed them; all they want is to lash out at anyone they can, no matter how much or how little the person had to do with their demise. In a deeply tragic sense, they have suffered an even deeper, more final victimization; the murderer's deeds have corrupted them into something else. Sometimes you can reason with these poor — albeit dangerous — souls; sometimes they're just seeking revenge but striking out blindly... but sometimes they just want to keep inflicting pain. Madden Into Misanthropy has gone to its final, logical extreme: the person persists despite being dead, and all the entity wishes to do now is evil.

This trope only applies if the victim was a good or at least neutral person before their death. People who were monsters in life and remain so beyond the grave do not count.

A Sister Trope to the Tortured Monster and to the Monster Beyond The Veil. In some works, this makes undeath a form of The Corruption. Contrast the Non Malevolent Monster.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Bleach: Hollows are human souls that were not sent to Soul Society by a Soul Reaper (or if evil, sent to Hell), and turn into monsters that prey on the souls of both living and dead humans. They usually target their own families first, and can sometimes create other Hollows from their attacks on humans.
  • Junji Ito's story 'The Seashore'' has this. A group of schoolchildren tragically drowned and seem to be spending their afterlife luring in new people to drown for the sake of killing them.

Comic Books
  • Jason Todd from Batman is always a troubled, aggressive child, but he stands by Batman's Thou Shalt Not Kill code and fights by his side as Robinnote . Then the Joker kidnaps and brutally murders him during A Death in the Family, and years after that, the events of Infinite Crisis cause him to return to life.note  Jason then adopts the Joker's original identity, Red Hood, and attempts to take over organized crime in Gotham in a ploy to kill Batman's Rogues Gallery while getting the Caped Crusader to finally kill a man, by any means necessary. Unlike most examples, he eventually manages to take a few steps back from the brink, though he remains the most radical and prone to trouble of the Robins.

Film
  • In both the original Japanese version of The Grudge, Ju-On, and its western remake, Kayako Seiki is an innocent woman with No Social Skills, who is killed alongside her child by her jealous husband and returns as an Onryo ghost. She kills her murderer first... then stays in her house and murders absolutely everybody who crosses her path or even telephones her house.
  • Ringu has Sadako Yamamura, at least in her original backstory. Born with immense psychic powers she couldn't control, she attempted to lead a normal life before she was raped and tossed into a well to die. Only then did she decide she wanted to bring harm to the whole world. Her western remake incarnation, Samara, gets hit with Adaptational Villainy and is implied to have been evil in life as well.
  • In the Candyman horror trilogy:
    • Daniel Robitaille was a freedman raised in "polite society", i.e. white society, who fell in love with a plantation owner's daughter while painting her portrait. When she became pregnant, her father had a mob chase him down and brutally murder him. End result: Robitaille becomes the Candyman, a murderous spirit who now only cares to "empower his myth" by hunting down anyone who chants his name five times into a mirror and gutting them with a hook.
    • Candyman invokes this trope himself in the first film: he torments and ultimately causes the violent death of the female protagonist. The twist ending reveals she too becomes a murderous spirit.
  • In The Mummy (1999), Imhotep is a fairly shady character in life — murdering his liege lord for the sake of his lover, who is strongly hinted not to have had a choice in her relationship with said lord — but then gets The Punishment of a terrible curse that makes him suffer for eternity in undeath. When his sarcophagus is disturbed, he rises from the grave with horrific powers and a long list of grievances against the world.
  • Subverted in Maniac Cop. The eponymous character was Lawful Good before being framed, sent to jail, and subsequently attacked in prison. In this case, it's implied that he's a Revenant Zombie (which the sequel confirms and runs with), but his more brutal behavior is down to brain damage changing his personality rather than being undead.
  • In Necronomicon "The Cold" segment features a journalist being told the story of a young woman named Emily fleeing an abusive home by her daughter. It's revealed that he "daughter" is actually Emily, resurrected in the same way as Dr. Madden after being fatally shot by a rival for his affections. She's been coldly (no pun intended) killing people for their spinal fluid in order to still feel Madden's baby kicking inside her.
  • In Darkness Falls, Matilda Dixon was a kindly widow who gave the children of her town gifts in exchange for their teeth. However, the fact she wore a mask and only came out at night (due to suffering severe burns somehow that left her sensitive to light) made the adults suspicious, and when two children disappeared, they blamed her and promptly lynched her... before the kids returned on their own, unharmed. As she died, Matilda swore vengeance, and afterwards haunts the town of Darkness Falls as a murderous ghost, killing anyone who sees her, seemingly at whim.
  • They're Watching takes place in an isolated European villa where the nearby town burned a witch at the stake due to a plague. The Reveal is that the witch both foresaw her death and the events that would allow her return, and upon returning/reawakening/reincarnating (it's unclear), she promptly kills the whole village in a storm of terrible black magic. Assuming that the original witch did not cause the plague, it's a terrible case of Revenge by Proxy, since the townsfolk who killed her are all long dead.
  • The Autopsy Of Jane Doe reveals that the titular Jane Doe was a victim of the witch trial hysteria and was horrifically tortured/murdered. Her rage over this and the baseless, hypocritical reasons for it happening seemingly turn her into a "witch": a powerful malevolent entity that haunts (and preserves) her corpse, who is still killing innocent people generations after her actual murderers died.

Literature
  • In the Stephen King novel Bag of Bones, Sara Tidwell was a (black) blues musician who watched her son be viciously murdered due to racism, and then was raped and murdered herself. Her lingering spirit decides that it's not enough for the men responsible to pay for this crime: their descendants, including young children, all have to die as well. There's a vague line that outside forces might have caused Sara's ghost to become so nasty, but this is never confirmed in any way.

Live-Action TV
  • This gets applied to the titular Doctor of Doctor Who in the episode "Hell Bent" after the events of "Heaven Sent." After being killed and cloned in a cycle for several billion years, the Doctor deposes the government responsible and begins to abuse time travel technology to try and prevent a friend's death in a way that threatens the entire space-time continuum.

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • This is built into the rules for making a ghost in some editions; their Character Alignment becomes Neutral Evil regardless of who they were in life.
    • Victims of undead with the "create spawn" ability (such as wights and ghouls) always fit this trope: they return as Always Chaotic Evil shadows of their former selves (literally in the case of Living Shadows), which must be slain to resurrect them or allow them to pass on to the afterlife.
    • 1st Edition AD&D Fiend Folio: the revenant is an undead that can be created when a humanoid creature dies a violent death. It is dedicated to hunting down the creature that killed it, as well as any creatures that helped in the killing. Once it finds them, it will try to strangle its killer(s) to death.
  • Pathfinder has similar rules on ghosts as D&D, but doesn't necessarily include an alignment change; it only notes that this trope is likely because the inherent trauma that would cause a spirit to linger could also cause an alignment shift to Chaotic Evil.

Theatre
  • In Yotsuya Kaidan, Oiwa is horribly disfigured and Driven to Suicide so that her husband can replace her with a younger woman and, with her dying breath, curses her husband's name. She comes back as an onryo, or vengeful ghost, and drives her husband to madness.

Video Games
  • The Girl In Red, a.k.a. Sachiko Shinozaki in Corpse Party. Just a normal little girl in life, who saw her mother murdered for no reason, and then was chased down and killed by the murderer, who might have also later returned and mutilated her corpse based on his own gnawing guilt. End result: a spirit so angry and vengeful that it creates a wholly separate reality to pull in and cruelly murder hundreds of victims.
  • In the first Five Nights at Freddy's, it's implied that the animatronics are haunted by the ghosts of murdered children, and one of the possible reasons they're targeting the player is that they can't tell the difference between their killer and Mike Schmidt.
  • In Pillars of Eternity, Lord Raedric is not the nicest person around, going Knight Templar about his misguided attempt to cure the Hollowborn plague in his domain. Still, if you help him secure his power base, he will ease his draconic measures after the plague is actually cured (by unrelated efforts), and prove himself a capable, if harsh ruler who will rebuild the Gilded Vale back to glory. However, if you kill him to stop his brutal ways, he will come back as a Black Knight and, if you don't kill him again, lay waste to his own old domain until nothing remains alive in it.
  • In Final Fantasy X, fiends are the souls of humans whose unfinished business kept them on earth until they became bitter, angry monsters with no other purpose than to attack the living. Sin's attacks often leave huge numbersof souls that will quickly become monsters if they aren't sent on by a summoner.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt:
    • One quest takes protagonist Geralt to a cursed and haunted island, where he finds the ghost of a young woman pleading to help her spirit leave the island. It turns out that she's a nobleman's daughter and, during a peasant uprising, her entire family was slaughtered and the invaders had planned to rape and murder her. Instead, she drank a sleeping potion which put her in a death-like state that fooled everyone...including her boyfriend, who ran away and wished that everyone would die. Eventually, everyone DID die and she was stuck in her fake death, unable to move as the rats in the tower ate her warm body alive. The combination of the boyfriend's curses, her Cruel and Unusual Death, and the plague the rats carried (which is a long story in itself) turned the young woman's spirit into a Petra—a Plague Maiden that cursed the entire island.
    • A Baron and his wife were in an unhappy marriage where he beat her constantly and she found herself pregnant with a child she didn't want. The wife was eventually visited by three evil witch spirits who offered to get rid of the unborn child if the wife agreed to serve them for a year. She agreed, and not long afterward, her husband beat her so badly that she miscarried. The wife and her other daughter decided to escape from the Baron that night and left the dead fetus on the bed. The Baron found his dead child and, in his grief, buried it in an unmarked grave without giving it a name. The dead child transformed into a Botchling—a malevolent and murderous spirit created from babies that died unwanted or unloved.

Webcomics
  • Invoked in Gunnerkrigg Court: the Court's founders sacrificed a woman and murdered her lover in front of her, then bound her furious ghost to an eternity wandering the river that surrounds the Court, killing anyone who tries to cross over.
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  • October 15, 2016
    arbiter099
    sounds like this is Came Back Wrong but specifically as ghosts or spirits
  • October 15, 2016
    Koveras
    Not really. Came Back Wrong is when someone comes back from the dead evil because of how they were resurrected. This does not have involve technically coming back from the dead, as it can also concern ghosts, and the evilness is a result of how the person died (or rather, was killed). Basically, nice person + cruel murder = evil creature.
  • October 15, 2016
    MonaNaito
    Would this also include instances where a murder/horrific act creates a separate spirit or creature totally unconnected to the soul of the murdered person, that was just born out of the aether or whatever because of the pure malevolence of the action?

    Because that would also distance this from Came Back Wrong.
  • October 15, 2016
    Koveras
    • In Pillars Of Eternity, Lord Raedric is not the nicest person around, going Knight Templar about his misguided attempt to cure the Hollowborn plague in his domain. Still, if you help him secure his power base, he will ease his draconic measures after the plague is actually cured (by unrelated efforts), and prove himself a capable, if harsh ruler who will rebuild the Gilded Vale back to glory. However, if you kill him to stop his brutal ways, he will come back as a Black Knight and, if you don't kill him again, lay waste to his own old domain until nothing remains alive in it.
  • October 15, 2016
    CornwindEvilman
    I don't think that would wholly apply, Mona Naito, as creating something new in a vacuum is not the same as the remnants of a person becoming just as bad (and often worse) than their killer due to the nature of their demise.
  • October 16, 2016
    CornwindEvilman
    • The titular Candyman, of the Candyman horror trilogy. Once Daniel Robitaille, the son of a slave who, according to the first film, managed to earn his freedom and a lot of money via creating some shoe-producing platform, he was raised in 'polite society', ie, white society. A painter, he was hired to paint the portrait of a plantation owner's daughter; they fell in love, she became pregnant (and this was all consensual), and her father decided this was unforgivable (for very obvious reasons) and had a mob chase down Robitaille and brutally murder him while the crowd treated it like a game. End result: Robitaille became the Candyman, a murderous spirit who now only cares to 'empower his myth' by brutally killing anyone who happens to get pulled into his business. Gutting someone with a hook for chanting a name into a mirror five times is not exactly a proper reaction.
      • Interestingly, Candyman invokes this trope HIMSELF in the first film: he torments and ultimately causes the violent death of the female protagonist. The twist ending reveals she too has become a murderous spirit.
  • October 16, 2016
    CornwindEvilman
    • Kindasortasomewhat applies to Imhotep of The Mummy. He DID commit murder, and killed his liege-lord at that, but he did it out of love note , and had he succeeded in his original goal of reviving said love when he was still just a man, he could very well have gone off and never harmed anyone else. His crime, however, was considered so great (and to be fair, murder AND treason are considered the highest of crimes even today) that the Egyptians decided that instead of a basic execution, they would inflict their worst punishment on him, a terrible curse that would keep him semi-alive and make him suffer for eternity...as long as no one 're-awakens' him, at which point the curse will for some reason give him enough supernatural and magic powers to basically turn him into a monstrous invincible demigod who will probably has a LONG list of grievances with the world. Which is exactly what happens. So this would be more 'Curse Into Considerably GREATER Malevolence'.
  • October 17, 2016
    foxley
    In the A Nightmare On Elm Street film series, Freddy Krueger was a child murderer who got Off On A Technicality. He is hunted down by a mob of angry parents, and cornered in a boiler room where he used to take his victims. The mob douses the building with gasoline and sets it on fire, burning Krueger alive. While his body dies, his spirit lives on in the dreams of a group of teenagers living in his old neighborhood, whom he preys on by entering their dreams and killing them.
  • October 17, 2016
    CornwindEvilman
    This trope does not apply to Freddy: he was, as you said, a CHILD MURDERER (and maybe a molester). He was an evil man; his death arguably didn't make him any worse, it just gave him a bunch of superpowers. This trope only applies if the victim was 'normal' or 'good' before they died.
  • October 17, 2016
    foxley
    ^The laconic description says comes back equally horrible, or worse. Freddy is at least equally horrible, and arguably worse.
  • October 17, 2016
    CornwindEvilman
    I was referring to the fact that the victim comes back as equally horrible as their murderer (and by extension, their means of death), or worse. This is what makes the trope tragic: a normal or good person corrupted into something evil against their will.
  • October 18, 2016
    Bisected8
    • In Final Fantasy X, fiends are the souls of humans who have been kept around by some sort of unfinished business and become bitter and angry until they turn into monsters who have no other purpose than attacking the living. The sites of Sin's attacks often leave huge amounts of souls that will quickly become monsters if they aren't sent by a summoner.

    • In Dungeons And Dragons:
      • This is built into the rules for making a ghost; their alignment becomes Neutral Evil regardless of who they were in life, regardless of how the DM plays them.
      • Victims of undead with the "create spawn" ability (such as wights and ghouls) always fit this trope. Anyone they kill returns as Always Chaotic Evil shadows of their former selves (literally in the case of Living Shadows), which must be slain to resurrect them or allow them to pass on to the afterlife.

    • Pathfinder has similar rules on ghosts to D&D, but doesn't necessarily include an alignment change; it only notes that this trope is possible (and likely) because of the inherent trauma that would cause a spirit to linger so they are normally Chaotic Evil.

    Pathfinder might provide a good page quote:

    "Although ghosts can be any alignment, the majority cling to the living world out of a powerful sense of rage and hatred, and as a result are chaotic evil—even the ghost of a good or lawful creature can become hateful and cruel in its afterlife."
    Pathfinder, ghost template
  • October 18, 2016
    HeroGal2347
    ^^ Maybe you should alter the laconic.
  • October 18, 2016
    DustSnitch
    • Jason Todd from Franchise/Batman was always a troubled, aggressive child, but he stood by Batman's Thou Shalt Not Kill code and fought by his side as Robin. Then the Joker kidnapped and brutally murdered him during A Death In The Family, and years after that, the events of Infinite Crisis caused him to return to life. Far from acting as Robin, Jason adopted the Joker's original identity, Red Hood, and attempted to take over organized crime in Gotham in a ploy to kill Batman's Rogues Gallery while getting the Caped Crusader to finally kill a man, by any means necessary.
    • This gets applied to the titular Doctor of Doctor Who in the episode "Hell Bent" after the events of "Heaven Sent." After being killed and cloned in a cycle for several billion years, the Doctor deposes the government responsible and begins to abuse time travel technology to try and prevent a friend's death in a way that threatens the entire space-time continuum.
  • October 18, 2016
    StarSword
    This is certainly closely related to Came Back Wrong and Came Back Strong, but I think it is distinct.

    Anime and Manga:
    • Bleach: Hollows are human souls that were not sent to the Soul Society by a Soul Reaper, and turn into monsters that prey on the souls of both living and dead humans. They usually start with their own families, and can sometimes create other Hollows from their attacks on humans.

    Literature:
  • October 18, 2016
    CornwindEvilman
    If anyone has an idea for an altered laconic I'm all ears, I am blanking.
  • October 19, 2016
    CactusFace
    This is a death trope, so there shouldn't be spoilers in the examples.

    Literature:
    • In A Song Of Ice And Fire Catelyn Stark watches her (supposedly) last living son getting stabbed into the heart moments befor she gets her throat cut through. When she gets revived, she uses the alias Lady Stoneheart and her only goal in "life" is to exterminate the families that wronged her (Lannister, Bolton, Frey, as well as their vassals) and yes, this includes distant relatives and children that have nothing to do with it. She also kills anyone she suspects to colabourate with them, e.g. guards, stable boys, handmaidens, ...
  • October 19, 2016
    CornwindEvilman
    • The Stephen King novel Bag Of Bones. Sara Tidwell was a (black) blues musician who watched her son be viciously murdered due to racism, and then was raped and murdered herself. Her lingering spirit decides that it's not enough for the men responsible to pay for this crime: their descendants, including young children, all have to die as well. There's a vague line that outside forces mighthave caused Sara's ghost to become so nasty, but this is never confirmed in any way.
  • October 6, 2017
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragon, 1st Edition AD&D Fiend Folio. The revenant is an undead that can be created when a humanoid creature dies a violent death. It is dedicated to hunting down the creature that killed it, as well as any creatures that helped in the killing. Once it finds them, it will try to strangle its killer(s) to death.
  • October 19, 2016
    Arivne
  • October 19, 2016
    StrixObscuro
    Comic Books
    • Isis, the beloved wife of Black Adam, was killed by the disease-spreading Zorrm the Desolate, but later resurrected by Felix Faust to serve as his slave. She eventually breaks free of his control, and promptly castrates him. Then she launches a plot to wipe all of humanity from the face of the earth.

    Theatre
    • In Yotsuya Kaidan, Oiwa is horribly disfigured and driven to suicide so that her husband can replace her with a younger woman, and with her dying breath, curses her husband's name. She comes back as an onryo, or vengeful ghost, and drives her husband to madness.
  • October 20, 2016
    MonaNaito
    For the laconic, how about "A good or neutral person dies horrifically, and as a result comes back as a malevolent supernatural entity."
  • October 20, 2016
    NubianSatyress
    • In Overwatch, Reaper used to be known as Gabriel Reyes, one of the legendary heroes who formed the titular organization. Years of disrespect by the public pushed Reyes into becoming a darker and darker person until he finally attempted to outright destroy Overwatch and kill his former best friend, Jack Morrison. Both men were caught in an explosion and Reaper was left for dead. Overwatch medic Angela Ziegler found him and used experimental medical technology to try to save his life. This backfired and left him as an inhuman, undying abomination that feasts on souls and lives in constant pain. Now calling himself Reaper, he lives only to kill, sow terror, and murder every last one of his former friends.
  • October 20, 2016
    HeroGal2347
    Possibly also related to And Then John Was A Zombie.
  • October 20, 2016
    MonaNaito
    ^^ That Overwatch example seems more like Came Back Wrong, since sounds like it was the method of "resurrection", not the method of murder, that led to the creation of the abomination. Correct me if I'm wrong.
  • October 20, 2016
    CornwindEvilman
    Yeah, the primary difference between the two 'Came Backs' and this trope is that the 'Came Backs' had outside forces causing their revival as monsters (or with a power boost, or both). This trope involves the dead person coming back all by themselves, and much the worse for it.
  • October 20, 2016
    MonaNaito
    Compare Revenant Zombie, which can overlap with this trope if the revenant's purpose for continued existence is "murder everyone".
  • October 20, 2016
    intastiel
    Added a Webcomics heading and an example for Gunnerkrigg Court.
  • October 21, 2016
    JoeG
    You should also note that this trope doesn't apply to people who come back from the dead solely to take revenge on their murderers and then rest in peace. It only applies to those who attack people who have nothing to do with their deaths.
  • November 2, 2016
    CornwindEvilman
    Junti Ito's story 'The Seashore'' has this. A group of schoolchildren tragically drowned and seem to be spending their afterlife luring in new people to drown for the sake of killing them.
  • November 2, 2016
    mythbuster
    In Yu Gi Oh 5 Ds, Carly gets thrown out a window after losing a duel and comes back as a Dark Signer.
  • November 3, 2016
    StarSword
    Removed an irrelevancy from the Bleach example and re-namespaced it to Manga (it was a comic book first, not an anime).
  • November 17, 2016
    Bisected8
    • The eponymous Maniac Cop was Lawful Good before being framed, sent to jail, and subsequently attacked in prison. In this case, it's implied that he's a Revenant Zombie (which the sequel confirms and runs with), but his more brutal behaviour is down to brain damage changing his personality rather than that.

    • In Necronomicon "The Cold" segment features a journalist being told the story of a young woman named Emily fleeing an abusive home by her daughter. It's revealed that he "daughter" is actually Emily, resurrected in the same way as Dr. Madden after being fatally shot by a rival for his affections after killing him in self defence. She's been coldly (no pun intended) killing people for their spinal fluid in order to still feel Madden's baby kicking inside her.
  • November 17, 2016
    NubianSatyress
    • The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt:
      • One quest takes protagonist Geralt to a cursed and haunted island, where he finds the ghost of a young woman pleading to help her spirit leave the island. It turns out that she's a nobleman's daughter and, during a peasant uprising, her entire family was slaughtered and the invaders had planned to rape and murder her. Instead, she drank a sleeping potion which put her in a death-like state which fooled everyone...including her boyfriend, who ran away and wished that everyone would die. Eventually, everyone DID die and she was stuck in her fake death, unable to move as the rats in the tower ate her warm body alive. The combination of the boyfriend's curses, her Cruel And Unusual Death, and the plague the rats carried (which is a long story in itself) turned the young woman's spirit into a Petra—a Plague Maiden that cursed the entire island.
      • A Baron and his wife were in an unhappy marriage where he beat her constantly and she found herself pregnant with a child she didn't want. The wife was eventually visited by three evil witch spirits who offered to get rid of the unborn child if the wife agreed to serve them for a year. She agreed, and not long afterward, her husband beat her so badly that she miscarried. The wife and her other daughter decided to escape from the Baron that night and left the dead fetus on the bed. The Baron found his dead child and, in his grief, buried it in an unmarked grave without giving it a name. The dead child transformed into a Botchling—a malevolent and murderous spirit created from babies that died unwanted or unloved.
  • November 17, 2016
    StarSword
    More D&D:
    • Several varieties of undead, particularly wights, can be created due to people dying as a result of a death spell such as Finger of Death.
  • November 17, 2016
    Arivne
    Compare Zombify The Living, in which a living person is directly turned into an undead monster.

    Though they aren't the same trope, many examples of its examples also fit this proposal.
  • January 9, 2017
    CornwindEvilman
    I have added in relevent examples: remember, this trope only applies if 1) The person was generally 'good' or neutral before they died (so Reaper and Mirovinch don't fall under it) and 2) The person came back themselves, instead of being pulled back by an outside source (so Catelyn Stark and Isis don't fall under it)

    • The Autopsy Of Jane Doe has this ultimately revealed as the motivation of Jane Doe. She was a victim of the witch trial hysteria and horrifically tortured/murdered; her rage over this and the baseless, hypocritical reasons for it happening seemingly turned her 'into a witch', or at least, a powerful malevolent entity that haunts (and preserves) her corpse, who is still killing (innocent, unconnected in any way) people around her into the 21st century, generations after her actual killers had themselves died.
  • January 9, 2017
    Chabal2
    Warcraft III: The Undead's secondary caster are banshees, ghosts of elven women slain during Arthas' conquest of Silvermoon, having only their voices left to express their hatred and suffering.
  • January 10, 2017
    Koveras
    ^ In particular, the very first banshee was Sylvannas Windrunner, the honorable Forest Ranger who led Silvermoon's defense. When Arthas ignored her request for a quick death and instead consigned her to the eternal suffering of undeath, she grew into a cruel and spiteful creature who came to lead the independent splinter faction of the undead known as the Forsaken.
  • January 10, 2017
    StarSword
    NVM
  • January 11, 2017
    intastiel
    Added a bullet point and namespace for the Junji Ito example. Looks ready to launch, though?
  • January 11, 2017
    WiseMan23753
    The main premise of The Crow. Guy gets murdered wrong by a gang of criminals or other evil doers. A crow then revives him to avenge his own murder.
  • February 17, 2017
    Skylite
    Does the witch child from Paranorman qualify? She was a psi executed for witchcraft, and would awaken annually on her death anniversary to destroy the town that killed her. She can, for centuries, only be settled down by one of the family reading her a bedtime story. Norman has to try talking her down when the book is destroyed, only an apology from her killers does the trick... Fortunately they're still around as zombies due to her dying curse on them.
  • February 18, 2017
    Chabal2
    Dragon Quest IX: One type of Giant Spider is stated to be the soul of a spurned lover.
  • February 18, 2017
    Frog01
    The trope is needed but the name isn't very clear.
  • February 18, 2017
    zarpaulus
    This might be covered by Ghostly Goals.
  • March 15, 2017
    Getta
    Maybe this could be called "Come Back Evil" or something.

    • Blaz Blue: Nine was once one of the Six Heroes who helped save the world from the Black Beast's attack, but then got murdered by Yuuki Terumi and shoved into the Boundary. Some time after, she "reappears" in the present day, called "Phantom", and is one of the bad guys. The reason to this, however, is that she Went Mad By The Revelation she got in the Boundary, specifically about the true nature of the world; she's angry that the world have looped itself countless times for no good reason, that she wishes to end it and start anew.
  • April 16, 2017
    CornwindEvilman
    After some thought, I have decided to rename it Came Back Evil to link it to other 'bad revivals'. I think it can be launched now?

    • Darkness Falls. Matilda Dixon was a kindly widow who gave the children of her town gifts in exchange for her teeth. However, the fact she wore a mask and only came out at night (due to suffering severe burns somehow that left her sensitive to light) made the adults suspicious, and when two children disappeared (they were fine, they had just run off and returned), they blamed her and promptly lynched her. As she died, Matilda swore vengeance, and afterwards haunted the town of Darkness Falls as a murderous ghost, killing anyone who strayed out of the light, seemingly at whim.
    • The film They're Watching, takes place in an isolated European villa where there is a story of the town burning a witch at the stake due to a plague. The Reveal of the film is that the witch both foresaw her death and the events that would allow her return, and upon returning/reawakening/reincarnating (it's unclear), she promptly kills the whole village in a storm of terrible black magic. This is doubly the trope, as 1) We have no idea if the original witch did cause the plague or not, and 2) Assuming she didn't, the original burning happened decades ago and all her original murderers are likely long dead, hence forcing their descendants to suffer her wrath.
  • April 16, 2017
    arbiter099
    name is too close to Came Back Wrong, it will mislead people and cause misuse
  • April 16, 2017
    intastiel
    It does sound a bit too close. "Murder Into Malevolence" had a good ring to it and captured the trope nicely, but if not that, maybe something like "Villainous In Death"?
  • April 17, 2017
    Getta
    Please add examples.

    • Downplayed with Charlie as of Street Fighter V. Back in Street Fighter Alpha, he was murdered by getting shoved off his helicopter by one of his fellow Air Force comrades... who turned out to be a disguised Shadaloo member. Then Urien and Helen, members of Illuminati, brought him back to life (albeit Living On A Borrowed Time) with a single mission: to stop M. Bison, leader of Shadaloo. Charlie, who's filled with rage and grudge due to what happened to him, simply obliges; he also becomes a cold and dead serious guy who won't hesitate in killing people if they hinder him and has nothing good to say for his old friend Guile. Despite all that, however, he's still one of the good guys, and later come to the realization that he can't do all this alone.
  • April 17, 2017
    Getta
    Please add examples.

    • Downplayed with Charlie as of Street Fighter V. Back in Street Fighter Alpha, he was murdered by getting shoved off his helicopter by one of his fellow Air Force comrades... who turned out to be a disguised Shadaloo member. Then Urien and Helen, members of Illuminati, brought him back to life (albeit Living On A Borrowed Time) with a single mission: to stop M. Bison, leader of Shadaloo. Charlie, who's filled with rage and grudge due to what happened to him, simply obliges; he also becomes a cold and dead serious guy who won't hesitate in killing people if they hinder him and has nothing good to say for his old friend Guile. Despite all that, however, he's still one of the good guys, and later come to the realization that he can't do all this alone.
  • April 29, 2017
    Dravencour
    I agree with Arbiter. This is someone who came back on their own as a spirit or ghost instead of being resurrected by someone as in Came Back Wrong, though in cases of resurrection, this would be either Damaged Soul or Monster From Beyond The Veil in the very worst of cases.
  • April 29, 2017
    Getta
    ^ So "Became Ghost, Became Evil"?

    Guess that my Blazblue and Street Fighter examples wouldn't fit then. They become "badder" by their own accord, but they aren't resurrected by themselves.
  • July 1, 2017
    Getta
    On a second thought, in the examples I posited, they don't become evil because of how they're resurrected (which means they don't come back wrong). I think this can cover people who are resurrected by a second party.
  • July 1, 2017
    Prime32
  • July 1, 2017
    intastiel
  • July 1, 2017
    Chabal2
    Wanted: One villain was originally a good and pious man who went through a Near Death Experience.Discovering that there was no afterlife led him to become the loathsome Mr. Rictus.
  • July 4, 2017
    CornwindEvilman
    After more thought, I decided the original title worked better because it better specifies the trope: the victim must be killed horribly, come back on their own, and now be 'evil' or an extremely nasty piece of work. The idea is that the way they died was so ugly, they won't stay dead and it's completely consumed who they are. So Mr. Rictus doesn't count, as he just died under natural causes, and what he saw as he died turned him bad: he wasn't killed in a 'bad/cruel' way.

    Honestly, I think this should be launched: we're pretty much just debating personal minutae now.
  • July 4, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ You might want to add folder tags too.
  • July 4, 2017
    intastiel
    Agreed that it's ready to launch. Although, per What To Put At The Top Of A Page, one of the page quotes should be removed.
  • July 7, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Maybe the second one? The first one seems a bit more indicative.
  • July 7, 2017
    intastiel
    ^ I'd agree. Besides that, it's quite launchable. How about indices? Undead Index, Face Monster Turn?
  • July 11, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Yep.
  • July 12, 2017
    Koveras
    • "Specters" in Blades In The Dark are a category of ghosts that most commonly results from the dying person being wronged somehow, but especially if they are violently murdered. All specters are inherently evil, seeking to harm and drain the living, with especial hatred towards those they see responsible for their misfortune.
  • July 12, 2017
    Bisected8
    Perhaps Evil Tropes too?

    Also, the extra quote can be put on a Quotes/ subpage.
  • October 4, 2017
    intastiel
    How do people feel about launching this?
  • October 4, 2017
    Theriocephalus
    I'd say go for it.
  • October 4, 2017
    Synchronicity
    The A Song of Ice and Fire example counts. She's resurrected via Red Priest, which doesnt normally cause someone to go batshit. She becomes a murderous entity bent on revenge because of the horrific conditions of her death.
  • October 5, 2017
    Theriocephalus
    The ASoIaF example may be a tad borderline because, in all fairness, it's implied that she spent too long as a corpse before being resurrected. That being said, it is still pretty clear that the specific way she died, at the culmination of a long series of horrible experiences, was the main reason for turning a normally kind and supportive woman into a monster and a killer. I would say it definitely counts.
  • October 6, 2017
    Bisected8
    This still hasn't been launched yet?
  • October 6, 2017
    intastiel
    ^ I'll do the honours later today if the original sponsor's not around.
  • October 6, 2017
    Synchronicity
    Only one page quote is allowed though. The Grudge quote is more concise, so I'm voting for that one.
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