Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter"

This is a subtrope of Evil Laugh, and the opposite of Dissonant Serenity. It's when a character goes around killing everything in sight and seems to be having a lot of fun with it, like Joker levels of fun. Especially if the character is Laughing Mad.

Typical of the Blood Knight, the Boisterous Bruiser, some Ax-Crazy characters, and some Sociopathic Heroes, but it can happen to anyone, especially during a Heroic BSOD, a Heroic Sacrifice or a Bolivian Army Ending. It's rather exceptional for normal heroes, since usually there's something deeply wrong if The Cape is actually having fun killing people (unless they're trained to do so).

If they actually say the title phrase, they're engaging in You Put the X in XY.


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     Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • The Joker in most of his incarnations, except when he's taking killing seriously.
    • As demonstrated in the former page picture, in The Dark Knight, he actually rides a circus truck emblazoned with "laughter is the best medicine", and a large red S spray-painted just before "laughter".
  • Spider-Man foe Carnage also takes great joy in killing, as his name oh-so-subtley suggests.
  • Bullseye is this to a T. His sometimes friend/sometimes enemy Deadpool is also a good example.

    Fan Fic 
  • Pinkie Pie in the infamous My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Cupcakes, who giggles at doing horrible things to her victims.
    • This has led to the fans realizing that Pinkie, as the Element of Laughter, really DOES put the "laughter" in "slaughter".
  • Some Frozen fans decided to create a fan-made Villain Song "Let Them Run", set to the melody of "Let It Go" in which Anna giggles as she sings about murdering people ( including her sister Elsa} like it's as fun as building snowmen.

  • Any action movie that is filled enough with Narm has this, from the viewer's POV.
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux is the most violent movie ever made! And it has a lot of fun proving that.
  • Jack Nicholson at the climax of The Shining was partly this.
  • There's The Toblerone, too! Hahaha!
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive Max Zorin in A View to a Kill likes gunning down his own henchmen way, way too much.
  • In Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, in the car chase on Wacker Drive, the Joker and his men are in a semi truck that has the slogan "Laughter is the best medicine". An S has been spraypainted to make the message say "Slaughter is the best medicine."
  • In most of his appearances, King Ghidorah from the Godzilla makes an oddly discordant trilling/cackling noise instead of traditional roars; as he is described as slaughtering entire worlds for fun, it almost sounds like maniacal laughter.
  • In The Sabata Trilogy, Carrincha and Escudo (two characters in two different movies played by the same actor) are this.
  • Lord of War: During the weapons sale in Sierra Leone, Andre Baptiste Jr. is trying out the M60 from the first Rambo movie which Yuri finally brought him. He guns down civilians on the side of the road while laughing with glee.
  • A rare heroic example in Drax the Destroyer of Guardians of the Galaxy. What sets him apart is that his laugh is very genuine - it's upbeat, happy, and excited, as opposed to the regular bloodthristy, sadistic laughter that most examples of this trope show off.

  • Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter. An authentic Ax-Crazy if she had an ax instead of a wand.
  • Odiana in Codex Alera is completely Ax-Crazy and really quite cheerful (and self-aware) about it. She usually expresses this by being inordinately cute and cheery while suggesting that they just kill everyone in about a 5-mile radius.
  • Rachel from Animorphs is a rare heroic (well, sort of) example of this. Right before charging into her final battle, she leaves us with this little gem: "I felt...I felt exalted. It was my moment. This was my place and my time and my own perfection. I was no longer afraid. Weird. If I'd had a mouth I'd have smiled. <Well?> I said. No one moved. <Scared?> I asked. No answer. <You should be,> I said, almost laughing. I lunged..."
  • Tulkas, the god of war in J. R. R. Tolkien's universe is a rare good example of this.
  • Edward Dunn "Ned" Malone, the journalist in Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World when he shoots the ape-like creatures (called Doda by the Accala natives). However, he is the main hero of the book

    Live Action TV 
  • In Heroes, Sylar has a good bit of fun being a psychotic serial killer.
  • The easiest way to describe the new series Doctor Who version of the Master is "completely insane...and loving every second of it."
    • River Song is a Sociopathic Hero version, as she takes great delight in shooting down the bad aliens.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Yozi Adorjan is infamous for this; the only sound she can stand is her own laughter, she swoops around the Demon City slaying all she touches, and murder is something she finds particularly amusing. Those who take enough of her Charms will also eventually adopt this attitude.

    Video Games 
  • Any FPS that is Duke Nukem-ish enough has this:
    • The characters in Left 4 Dead have a cackling sound file that some players set to play whenever they fired their guns.
    • Caleb from Blood also periodically laughs maniacally when there's lots of violence happening on the screen... Such as when he just threw a bundle of dynamite into a crowd of evil cultists (and/or innocent civilians).
  • Shion during her torture of Satoko in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
  • Luca Blight. His motto might as well be "You can't spell 'Slaughter' without 'Laughter'!"
  • Kefka, people! Just one of the MANY things he has in common with The Joker.
  • In Team Fortress 2, the Heavy Weapons Guy is notable for this, especially towards the end of the "Meet the Heavy" video. The other characters, too, apply when dominating an opponent.
  • Wallachia of Melty Blood laughs madly even as he chops his opponents to bits. Not that you see any blood, but that's the impression.
  • Dimentio in Super Paper Mario does this after "killing" Mario, Peach, and Bowser.
  • Dawn of War: Khorne Berserkers, Chaos Space Marines and Ork Big Meks all have laughing sounds when attacking. Aspiring Champions even have a fast-paced laugh when their morale is gone.
  • In Borderlands, Brick, the Berserker, seems to have a lot of fun beating people into a pulp with his bare hands while in his Unstoppable Rage.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Mephiles laughs like a lunatic after killing Sonic.
  • In Mass Effect 3 multiplayer, krogan characters let out a good laugh after they kill enough enemies in a row with melee and go into blood rage. Also happens sometimes with Grunt, your Krogan squadmate from the second game, who really enjoys killing things.
  • Akechi Mitsuhide from Sengoku Basara is Laughing Mad in the first place, but once you get him in the heat of battle, oh boy...
  • The Warlock from Video Game/Dota2 is usually a deadpan person, but if you give him enough items to abuse his ultimate to summon multiple demons (as opposed to one normally), he loses his cool and starts laughing maniacally.
  • Miss Fortune from League of Legends will laugh maniacally when unleashing her Bullet Hell ultimate skill.

    Web Animation 
  • Flippy from Happy Tree Friends when he goes Ax-Crazy.
  • RWBY's Nora is a Genki Girl Blood Knight who is cheerfully enthusiastic about everything- including slaying monsters. Weirdly, she's on the side of the heroes.
  • Insanity Wolf references this trope (three words away from word-for-word, even) during one of his verses of his Animeme Rap Battle against Courage Wolf.

    Western Animation 
  • In his last scene, Hank Scorpio in The Simpsons grabs a flamethrower and jumps down to battle a bunch of soldiers invading his secret lair. He laughs maniacally as they all desperately run for cover, and while Homer is leaving you can hear Scorpio shouting to him that he's "missing out on some fun!"
  • One episode of Drawn Together features a sickeningly-sweet Strawberry Shortcake clone who's actually committing a Holocaust. But, she reminds us, "You can't spell slaughter without laughter!"
  • The 1961 Popeye cartoon "It Hurts Only When They Laugh" has Olive making Popeye and Brutus laugh while she's doing the dishes so she'll know they're not misbehaving and fighting. However, while Olive is doing the dishes, Popeye and Brutus are beating the living hell out of each other—and destroying the living room in the process—while laughing. The boys lampshaded it at the end in Popeye's ending theme tag:
    Popeye: You're not a riff-raff...
    Brutus: If ya fights and ya laugh...
    Popeye: With Popeye the Sailor Man! (toot toot!)