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->''Revenge is sweeter than life itself. So think fools.''
-->-- '''Creator/{{Juvenal}}'''

"An eye for an eye" (or, at least, how many people misunderstand the bible verse) has long been the standing policy for many humans. Perhaps it's related to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reciprocal_altruism reciprocal altruism]] -- just as people are prone to repay kindness with kindness, they are also prone to PayEvilUntoEvil. In any case, the concept of revenge works ''even better'' in fiction.

An {{obsession|Tropes}}. Compare CrimeAndPunishmentTropes, HatredTropes, & MoralityTropes. Contrast AForgivingIndex.

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!!A list of {{Revenge}}:
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* AccuserOfTheBrethren: A person doesn't care that someone else may be sorry for what they did.
* AnimalNemesis: A person fixates upon an animal as his arch-rival as a result of twisted logic. Also called Captain Ahab Syndrome.
* AvengingTheVillain: A villain goes after the hero in vengeance for another villain that the hero killed.
* BestServedCold: Dedicating one's life to fighting evil in hopes of getting revenge.
* BewilderingPunishment: When the victim has no reason to know why he's being targeted by the revenge.
* BuyThemOff: Trying to buy off the victim of a crime so they will not seek revenge when they learn that the person has wronged them.
* TheChainOfHarm: Evil you do to one person doesn't stop there, it messes up their entire family.
* ColorMeBlack: Taking revenge on a racist by transforming them into the object of their hatred.
* CrusadingWidower: The death or murder of a family motivates the father to seek revenge.
* CycleOfRevenge: Vengeance begets vengeance, and tends to lead to a blood feud.
* DesignatedBullet: Saving or Crafting a specific special bullet for your specific special target.
* DisproportionateRetribution: For when "eye for an eye" just isn't enough for some people. (Hell, the concept of "an eye for an eye" was invented to ''avoid'' this!)
** RationalizingTheOverkill: A character will justify their DisproportionateRetribution on another character to others.
* TheDogBitesBack: When a villain is on the ropes, someone they've [[KickTheDog abused]] one time too many times may take an opportunity for revenge.
* DoWithHimAsYouWill: The hero leaves the villain in the hands of those they've most grievously wronged, allowing them to take vengeance upon them.
* DyingCurse: In the rare cases where the victim not only wishes, but makes good on their spiteful last words.
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: Carrying out revenge, melee style, way beyond what is necessary.
* FeudingFamilies: A CycleOfRevenge between families.
* FlushingToiletScreamingShower: Messing with the water temperature in some way to get back at someone using the shower.
* FoodSlap: A character avenges a wrong by throwing food or drink at the offender.
* GaiasVengeance: Earth has had enough of being abused by humanity, and now, she's striking back.
* GenocideBackfire: Trying to wipe out a people to keep them from destroying you will only give the survivors (and there are ''always'' survivors) all the reason they need to destroy you.
* GypsyCurse: A curse that is more about vengeance and spite than actual justice. Expect it to be {{disproportionate| retribution}}.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: When a character out for vengeance becomes just as bad as the scum they're trying to take vengeance on.
* HonorRelatedAbuse: When parents [[OffingTheOffspring off their offspring]] because they somehow "stained" the family's honor.
* TheHunterBecomesTheHunted: Someone who is pursued decides to stop running and turn the tables on their pursuers.
* IAteWhat: Character eats or drinks something that's not intended to be food, usually prepared by someone wanting to get back at them.
* ItsPersonal: The villain has killed or otherwise hurt someone important to the hero. Now the hero wants revenge.
* MisplacedRetribution: Revenge directed against those who cannot reasonably be blamed for the crime, save by some extremely shaky justification.
* OppositesAttractRevenge: When a LoveTriangle leads to a vendetta between the two rival love interests.
* ParanoiaGambit: A BatmanGambit involving the victim sabotaging oneself out of paranoia.
* ParkingPayback: Parking somewhere you shouldn't has consequences.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Doing bad things to bad people because they deserve it. The core of revenge.
* RapeAndRevenge: A person (usually a woman) gets revenge on their rapist.
* RageAgainstTheLegalSystem: Convicted and/or incarcerated criminal seeks revenge against authorities for his punishment.
* RelativeButton: A person finally confronts another over the family members they murdered.
* RememberTheAlamo: A battle cry named for an enemy atrocity; a call for revenge in war.
* RestrainedRevenge: Settling for a much lesser (often petty) token revenge to show that you have "forgiven" them.
* ReunionRevenge: Someone uses a ClassReunion as a means of getting back at the people who wronged him or her back in school.
* {{Revenge}}: An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. What this index is all about.
* RevengeAgainstMen: A woman seeks to avenge herself against men in general or a particular man who done her wrong.
* RevengeBeforeReason: When someone pursues revenge over more sensible goals, often leading to ruin.
* RevengeByProxy: When a villain targets an innocent connected to the person he wants revenge on, just to make the person suffer for what he did to a person connected to them. [[MoralEventHorizon One of the more despicable forms of revenge.]]
** ForcedToWatch: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Forcing the target to watch]] their loved one suffer, just to take the ColdBloodedTorture aspect UpToEleven.
** WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied: The ''other'' way the perpetrator of RevengeByProxy can twist the knife.
* RevengeFic: FanFic where the author is out to kill a character he or she hates or make his or her life a living hell.
* RevengeMyopia: Seeking retribution against someone who may have acted in self-defense, or on behalf of someone who is [[GreyAndGrayMorality less than pure]].
* RevengeOfTheNerd: A unbelievably hot woman seduces the guy who made fun of her in school as a nerdy wallflower, then rejects and humiliates him.
* RevengeSVP: When someone isn't invited to a party, the snubbed one seeks revenge.
* RevengeThroughCorruption - Villain does RevengeByProxy or SinsOfOurFathers through corrupting the enemy's loved one(s) - i.e., an engineered FaceHeelTurn.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Revenge that dispenses with Machiavellian plotting and goes straight for the violence.
* SinsOfOurFathers: Children are punished for what their parents have done.
* ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine: Someone receives the same bad treatment that they showed/were going to show others.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: The character gives up on trying to be good and decides to do unto others as has been done unto him.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: As a way of expressing his/her desire for revenge on someone for pushing him/her too far or doing something horrible to those close to him/her, one character announces that what the other character did was unforgivable and therefore he/she must pay for what he's/she's done.
* ThisMeansWar: Similarly to ThisIsUnforgivable above, in order to avenge their loved ones who were killed or the fact that they got pushed around too much, a character declares war against the other character before proceeding to kick their ass and get revenge for said loved ones.
* VehicularSabotage: Taking revenge on someone by damaging their vehicle.
* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: A character who's devoted his/her life to vengeance finds out that it doesn't give the hoped-for satisfaction.
* VengefulWidow: A woman who goes on a spree of vengeance after losing a husband or other loved one.
* VillainByProxyFallacy: When someone goes after not only a crime's perpetrator, but those who supplied the perpetrator or were otherwise marginally connected to it, whether or not the people involved had anything to do with the actual crime or not.
* VoodooDoll: A character sticks pins into a doll fashioned after their enemy.
* WhosLaughingNow: When a character becomes a villain to get revenge on those who have treated them as a ButtMonkey or TheChewToy.
* WomanScorned: She's been done wrong by her significant other, and she's going to make him/her PAY.
* YouKilledMyFather: If a character's father has been killed, it will be that character who kills the one responsible for said death.
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