"When I woke up, I went on what the movie advertisements referred to as a roaring rampage of revenge. I roared. I rampaged. And I got bloody satisfaction."
She's making her list
, she's checking it twice
, and she's checking off your name after she's killed you
, probably for making it personal
. And in the above example she's even quoting her own movie poster blurb
. But it's okay, you deserve it, because you're evil, kidnapped her child
and you probably kicked her dog
(if not worse
) as well. Either you're a minion or you're the Big Bad
behind it all, but it doesn't matter in the end because either way, you're going down... and Joe or Jane Hero is going to be the one to do it, even if it means going down with you
The Roaring Rampage of Revenge differs from the standard Revenge
plot in that our hero dispenses with the Machiavellian plotting that would define a classic revenge tale and goes straight for the bloodshed, either in a single, violent Unstoppable Rage
or Tranquil Fury
-fueled rampage on the bad guy's home base, or a more methodical "working one's way up the food chain" from lesser foes to the bigger fish.
If the hero has a specific hit-list, this usually ends up as a Gotta Kill Them All
situation as the hero hunts down and kills each bad guy on the list before moving on to the next. In most cases, the second to last bad guy on the hit-list is the Dragon
for whichever Big Bad
that the hero has saved for last, and is usually someone the hero has an especially personal beef with and/or is the most psychotic
or otherwise hateworthy foe on the list aside from the Big Bad
Alternately the reasoning is that the hero just has a single lead, and each lead gives him/her one more name or clue before they die
Many such avengers may keep a Tragic Keepsake
to remind them of their lost loved one or other reason that they're on this vendetta to begin with, although they may fall victim to Forgotten Fallen Friend
if the quest goes on long enough. Sometimes fulfilling the revenge may end up as a case of Vengeance Feels Empty
and not give the avenger the expected joy.
Would-be avengers need to be extremely careful about falling into He Who Fights Monsters
territory. It's one thing to take revenge on someone who is directly responsible for wronging you, but it's quite another to extend your revenge to that person's children, people who are only tangentially related to the main target, and any innocent bystanders unlucky enough to get in the way. If this happens, then The Hero
may cease to be worthy of that title.
Compare Last Stand
, where the motives are frequently the same. May be a case of Revenge Before Reason
culminating in a Self Destructive Charge
. In other cases, the anger has burned itself out by the end, leaving only a dogged Determinator
to finish the task. Also compare to Roaring Rampage of Rescue
, where the goal of the rampage is to rescue a loved one rather to exact revenge for what was done to them. The two may overlap.