Created By: spyergirl4 on October 18, 2012 Last Edited By: spyergirl4 on October 28, 2012

Happiness-Induced Casualty

Someone who is happy before or during a battle will inevitably be killed before its end

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When a character is excited before a battle, or happy and smiling during one, it's practically guaranteed that before the end of the battle they will be killed, usually very abruptly. Often recklessness plays a part. Blood Knight is an aversion of this trope. Not related to Too Happy to Live.

As a Death Trope, all spoilers ahead will be unmarked.

Examples:

Film
  • In Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Dak is excited about the upcoming battle with the Imperials: "I feel like I could take on the whole Empire myself!" Then during the battle, Luke's snowspeeder is shot from behind, killing Dak.
    • Also, in A New Hope, during the Death Star battle, Porkins is laughing as he's speeding along in his X-wing, refusing to pull up as the other panicked pilots are telling him to do, and then his ship is blown up.
  • In Independence Day, Jimmy is smiling and joking as he heads out to battle the aliens. Guess what happens.
    Nostalgia Critic: "Oh, and here's a big shocker, are you ready for this, it's like a big shocker, holy smokes you're not gonna believe this, I mean it's just incredible, are you ready, are you ready, sit down, it's just incredible, are you ready? THE BEST FRIEND DIES!"
  • Looper is all about this trope. When a Looper "closes his loop" (kills his future self), he usually celebrates happily with his friends. And then, fifty years later, he is kidnapped by his former employers and sent back in time to be killed by his past self.
  • In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dodge Landon loves torturing the apes under his care, usually with a shock stick. Then, when Caesar breaks the others out of their cages, they spray water on him and the shock stick, which electrocutes him to death.
  • In The Avengers, Coulson is so happy to meet Captain America and work beside him, and to maybe assemble the Avengers as is his dream. To save his dream of that, he takes on Loki and gets literally stabbed in the back.

Literature

Video Games
  • In Mass Effect, before the first mission, Jenkins is excited about his assignment. Shortly after you land on Eden Prime, he's shot by geth drones.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • October 18, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    you need to tweak the description. there are several tropes like Blood Knight that describe characters that are happy in battle by default and it has no clear effect on their mortality rate
  • October 18, 2012
    MrRuano
    If this is about someone who finds an incredible amount of happiness outside of battle before getting killed, I have one.

    • Heartrendingly played straight in Puella Magi Madoka Magica involving Tomoe Mami's death. After Madoka says that she wants to wish to fight alongside Mami, she decides to throw a party. During the fight with Charlotte, she notices how she feels light and happy for once when... she gets eaten.
  • October 18, 2012
    StarSword
  • October 19, 2012
    Koveras
    If this is as Mr Ruano described, then I have one, too:

  • October 19, 2012
    TBTabby
    In Independence Day, Jimmy is smiling and joking as he heads out to battle the aliens. Guess what happens.
    Nostalgia Critic: "Oh, and here's a big shocker, are you ready for this, it's like a big shocker, holy smokes you're not gonna believe this, I mean it's just incredible, are you ready, are you ready, sit down, it's just incredible, are you ready? THE BEST FRIEND DIES!"
  • October 19, 2012
    Khantalas
    Happiness Induced Casualty for a working name, maybe?
  • October 19, 2012
    DracMonster
    ^Looks too much like Too Happy To Live. TBH, the whole thing seems The Same But More Specific of Too Happy To Live.
  • October 20, 2012
    spyergirl4
    Looks like I need to be a little more specific. It's definitely not Too Happy To Live - that trope is when people close to the protagonist are killed to give him/her a reason to fight. This trope is when someone is happy (with the happiness caused DIRECTLY by the battle) and then when they go into said battle, they are killed. This could apply to anyone from the protagonist's friend, to the villain, to the protagonist him/herself. So, sorry guys, but the Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Mass Effect 2 examples won't work. The Independence Day one seems to fit, though (I've never seen the movie, so I can't know for sure. But I'll add it).

    Also, could someone help me out with this? I have an example but I can't remember names or specifics. In TRON Legacy, that Ambiguously Gay dude is dancing around in the bar, delighted that the main cast has to fight for their lives, and then, if I'm not mistaken, he's killed. Can someone help me make that more specific so it can be used as an example? I haven't seen the movie in a while.
  • October 20, 2012
    spyergirl4
    Oh, and I do like the title Happiness Induced Casualty.
  • October 20, 2012
    spyergirl4
    Correction: the character's happiness doesn't always have to be directly caused by the battle itself, but it has to have something to do with what eventually kills them, whether it be the battle or something related to it: In Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Dodge Landon loves torturing the apes under his care, usually with a shock stick. Then, when Caesar breaks the others out of their cages, he is killed when they spray water on him and the shock stick, which electrocutes him.
  • October 20, 2012
    spyergirl4
    Basically, the cause of their happiness is, directly or indirectly, the cause of their death. Either that or they're happy during a battle for some reason other than the battle itself, and then they're killed. Both count.
  • October 25, 2012
    makesadifference
    In The Avengers, Coulson is so happy to meet Captain America and work beside him, and to maybe assemble the Avengers as is his dream. To save his dream of that, he takes on Loki and gets literally stabbed in the back. Followed with a "his name was" from Stark.
  • October 25, 2012
    spyergirl4
    Opinions - as a Death Trope, should this have unmarked spoilers? Some of the examples up there are almost completely spoilered out.
  • October 26, 2012
    Arivne
    ^ I agree. As a Death Trope this should have an "unmarked spoilers ahead" warning.

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