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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, but in other works, an {{Aesop}} on the futility of revenge is frequently featured.

For many avengers, revenge is an {{obsession|Tropes}}. Compare CrimeAndPunishmentTropes, HatredTropes, & MoralityTropes. Contrast AForgivingIndex.

!!A list of Revenge Tropes:
* '''{{Revenge}}''': An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. What this index is all about.
* AccuserOfTheBrethren: A person doesn't care that someone else may be sorry for what they did.
* AccompliceByInaction: A victim seeks revenge against a character who did nothing to save them.
* AnimalNemesis: A person fixates upon an animal as his arch-rival as a result of twisted logic. Also called Captain Ahab Syndrome.
* AttackOnOneIsAnAttackOnAll: A group, nation, or entire race sees harm to one of its members as a declaration of war and responds in kind.
* AvengingTheVillain: A villain goes after the hero in vengeance for another villain that the hero killed.
* BestServedCold: Someone seeks revenge after a long period of biding their time.
* 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 their significant other (or the whole family) motivates the character 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!)
* DoWithHimAsYouWill: The hero leaves the villain in the hands of those they've most grievously wronged, allowing them to take vengeance upon them.
* TheDogBitesBack: When a villain is on the ropes, someone they've [[KickTheDog abused]] one time too many times may take an opportunity for revenge.
* DyingCurse: In the rare cases where the victim not only wishes, but makes good on their spiteful last words.
* EscalatingWar: When one minor slight leads to a situation where opposing sides have to come up with larger and larger schemes to one up their opponent.
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: Carrying out revenge, melee style, way beyond what is necessary.
* FeudingFamilies: A CycleOfRevenge between families.
* 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 [[NiceJobBreakingItHerod 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 (if not ''worse than'') the scum they're trying to take vengeance on.
* TheHunterBecomesTheHunted: Someone who is pursued [[TiredOfRunning decides to stop running]] and turn the tables on their pursuers.
* ItsPersonal: The villain has killed or otherwise hurt someone important to the hero. Now the hero wants revenge.
* ItsPersonalWithTheDragon: The hero's ArchEnemy isn't the main BigBad, but said big bad's top enforcer, and it won't be settled until one of them is dead.
* 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 unto others the evil they have done unto others. Revenge is a viciously personal form of this -- doing unto others the evil they have done unto ''you''.
* RageAgainstTheLegalSystem: Convicted and/or incarcerated criminal seeks revenge against authorities for his punishment.
* RapeAndRevenge: A person (usually a woman) gets revenge on their rapist.
* 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.
* RevengeAgainstMen: A woman seeks to avenge herself against men in general or a particular man who has 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.
* RevengeFic: FanFic where the author is out to kill a character he or she hates or make his or her life a living hell.
* RevengeIsADishBestServed: Getting back at someone by secretly feeding them something disgusting, but non-harmful.
* RevengeMyopia: Seeking retribution against someone who may have acted in self-defense, or on behalf of someone is [[MoralMyopia less than innocent]].
* 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 or FaceMonsterTurn.
* 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.
* ThisMeansWar: 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.
* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: A character who's devoted his/her life to vengeance finds out that it doesn't give the hoped-for satisfaction.
* VengefulGhost: A character that suffers a violent or unfair death, will come back as a ghost to get revenge.
* 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.