->''"No mere mortal can resist... the e-vil of the Thriller!"''
-->-- '''Creator/VincentPrice''', Music/MichaelJackson's "Music/{{Thriller}}"

A thriller is a genre in visual media and literature which focuses on action, fast pacing, tension, and suspense. The [[RuleOfDrama conflicts]] are usually between desperate heroes and powerful antagonists who outmatch them by a large margin. Frequent location changes, [[RaceAgainstTheClock time shortage]], and {{Cliffhanger}}s are extremely common.

Thrillers can overlap with almost any other genre. They are more defined by their plot and devices than by their content. They can be identified by [[ShapedLikeItself the thrills]] the work gives to the reader or viewer.

Modern incarnations of [=Thrillers=] seem to overlap more and more often with the {{Horror}} and ScienceFiction genres, leading to a misclassification of all Thrillers as being Horror, Science Fiction, or both.

Not to be confused with either the Music/MichaelJackson [[Music/{{Thriller}} album]] or the old Creator/BorisKarloff-hosted anthology series, nor yet the 1970s British anthology series. Although the Michael Jackson music video ''does'' slightly fit in.
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!!{{Subgenre}}s
[[index]]
* Main/ConspiracyThriller
** Main/BritishConspiracyThriller
* Main/PsychologicalThriller
* Main/SpyFiction
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!!{{Trope}}s often associated with the genre
* {{Cliffhanger}}
** WhatCliffhanger
* MadLibThrillerTitle
* TheReveal
** TheUnReveal
* TitleIn: Used to make sure the audience doesn't get confused by frequent location changes.
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!!Examples
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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', overlapping with horror.
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[[folder: Film]]
* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'', overlapping with Horror.
* ''Film/TheBlackDahlia''
* ''Franchise/TheBourneSeries'', overlapping with Action.
* ''Film/TheConspiracy'', overlapping with Horror.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' is a [=Thriller=] mixed with superhero and [[FilmNoir neo-noir]]. Each of the movies qualifies in different ways:
** ''Film/BatmanBegins'' fits this genre in the second half of the movie, as the first half focused on Batman's origins.
** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is a crime [=Thriller=] throughout the whole movie.
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' is a [=Thriller=] mixed with DisasterMovie elements.
* ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober''
* ''Film/JacobsLadder'', overlapping with horror.
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', overlapping with Horror and Science Fiction.
* ''Film/KindergartenCop'', overlapping with comedy.
* ''Film/TheCall''
* ''Film/TheMatrix'', overlapping with Cyberpunk.
* ''Film/ThePurge'', overlapping with Horror and Science Fiction.
* ''Film/TheQuiet''
* ''Film/TheRoommate''
* ''Film/ReservoirDogs'', overlapping with Crime And Punishment.
* ''Film/RunawayJury'', overlapping with Crime and Punishment, and LawProcedural.
* ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', overlapping with Horror.
* ''Film/TheSixthSense''
* ''Film/StrangersOnATrain''
* ''Film/{{Surveillance}}''
* ''Film/TiesThatBind2006'', overlapping with Drama.
* ''Film/TiesThatBind2010'', overlapping with Mystery and Crime.
* ''Film/TheTransporter'', overlapping with Action.
* ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}''
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[[folder: Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Airframe}}'', specifically, a techno-thriller.
* ''Literature/BadMonkeys''.
* ''Literature/ExpiryDate'', overlapping with UrbanFantasy and ScienceFiction (the author said they were "blurring the border" with that). Also overlaps with action.
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[[folder: LiveActionTV]]
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'', overlapping with politics and drama.
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[[folder: VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGames/GodsWillBeWatching'', a [[PointAndClickGame Point And Click]] thriller with some ScienceFiction elements.
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