"Heav'n has no rage, like love to hatred turn'd,
Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn'd."
— William Congreve, The Mourning Bride (1697)
What's the only type of woman more dangerous than a Mama Bear
? A woman who's been dumped, cheated on, or otherwise done wrong by her significant other (or, in some cases, merely thinks
she's been). Especially if she's been hiding some sanity problems
, and especially if she was a Clingy Jealous Girl
. Otherwise Self Explanatory
— particularly a queen
— may react in this manner when she has very little claim on the other person
. After all, It's All About Me
. If the woman in question is part of an evil organisation, this may be her cue to pull a High Heel-Face Turn
Often referred to as a "bunny boiler," after the infamous scene with Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction
. Almost Always Female
, but male examples do exist.
Not to be confused with the Psycho Ex-Girlfriend
, although the chances of overlap are ideal. When a character is killed by said Woman Scorned, it's… well… Death by Woman Scorned
This trope sometimes comes with the Unfortunate Implications
that women are naturally violent and irrational Satellite Characters
, or that a woman is always justified in pursuing her affections (even if she is a potentially abusive or Ax-Crazy Stalker with a Crush
) and that it is wrong
to turn her down or reject her advances.
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Anime and Manga
- In Zan Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Nozomu Itoshiki coldly "dumped" one of his students who mistakenly thought he had spent a nice, charming, romantic day at the beach with her a week before. The whole situation arose out of Zetsubou-sensei's paranoia of getting caught in just such a compromising situation with one (or all) of his young lady students: he used a body-double to avoid being the recipient of such unwanted attention, and the body-double proceeded not only to engage in uncharacteristic acts of charity but charmed the pants off of the cute Abiru Kobushi. A week later, when she approaches him at a festival for a little sweet "together time," he runs for it, leaving her in the dust. Poor Abiru is probably used to that sort of thing by now.
- In the next episode, she participates in his murder along with Chiri and other female students of the class. He gets better, though.
- And at the end of the episode she has "caught" him again with her bandages. No harm, no foul, I guess.
- Kaede Fuyou in SHUFFLE!, a sweet Unlucky Childhood Friend with hidden psychological problems coming from years ago who also snaps on her Genki Girl love rival and sempai, Asa Shigure.
- Slightly subverted, since she actually sorta makes peace with Asa later.
- Kyoko from Skip Beat! is a mild version, not acting directly against to the man who despised her, but instead building herself into a position where she can humiliate him more than anything she can do directly.
- The point of School Days, a Deconstruction of the Marry Them All solution to a Harem Genre situation. Word to the wise: if you've got a Harem, just pick one.
- If you guys are curious about what that meant... just watch the Grand Finale of the anime series. Or play the game and get the endings where Kotonoha either jumps to her death in front of Makoto and Sekai or uses a saw to murder Sekai. Or when Sekai kills Makoto herself.
- In Elfen Lied, look at what happens to Kouta when he lies to Lucy...
- Sakurako Sanjou from Hana Yori Dango. Because Domyouji made her life Hell as a child, she pulls off quite the revenge plot that includes plastic surgery, seducing him, almost killing his Plucky Girl of a love interest, etc. Sheeesh.
- Genderflipped in Gundam 00. Billy Katagiri took the departure of his girlfriend Lisa Kujoh aka Sumeragi Lee Noriega well in the second season very poorly. He got better, though
- Also, when Louise Halevy learned that her former boyfriend Saji was in the 00 Raiser fighter during a skirmish, her reaction was... bleak. All indications are that she's resolved to kill him at this point. And she got better, too, but it was pretty close there for a minute.
- Code Geass has Kallen at the very end of the series. She confesses to Lelouch with a deep and passionate kiss. He responds... well, not at all. And then he kidnaps all the world's leaders. She resolves to kill him with her own hands. For Love And Justice.
- When female Ranma discovers that Ryoga (that had accidentally hit Ranma with a love rod) doesn't love him back, he transforms himself into a guy and starts to beat the crap out of Ryoga. Normally Ryoga is as equally skilled in Martial Arts as Ranma, but this time Ranma was in such a rage that Ryoga was forced to surrender...
- Rumic Theatre's The Laughing Target. Wow, that was a SCARY one.
- Gunslinger Girl. Cute Bruiser Henrietta, who has a major Big Brother Attraction towards her handler Guiseppe, recreates the incident where one of the other cyborg girls killed her own handler. This is chillingly summed up as: "She was making a subconscious threat — if you don't love me, I'll kill you."
- And other example from Gunslinger Girl is the sequel IL Teatrino where Triela loses during one-on-one combat for the first time against the boy assassin Pinocchio - failing her mission as a result. Through most of the series, Triela can't think of nothing else but to get revenge against Pinocchio. She finally gets the chance and kills him. But she feels empty, afterwards, realizing she might have killed a kindred spirit.
- Sara Yuki from Dancougar, actually a heroic example of this, because the one who dumps her happens to be a Smug Snake working for the bad guys.
- The World God Only Knows: Keima's mother when she thinks her husband is cheating on her, while Elsee is actually just making it up. Hilarity Ensues.
- "She used to run with some kind of biker gang."
- Chihiro appears to act like one after Keima dumps her in a very harsh way because she isn't a goddess host by telling Ayumi about his conquest plot at worst possible moment out of either spite or misplaced concern. However, it's revealed this is actually a ruse by her to get Ayumi to stop worrying about how Chihiro feels and focus exclusively on Keima as well as an attempt to make Keima act honestly.
- Haman Karn from Mobile Suit Z Gundam effectively defines this trope. It is revealed that she had been in a relationship with Char Aznable, a.k.a. Lt. Quattro in the past, the specifics of which are not provided. Whether there was an actual relationship between them or if she was just infatuated and had her hopes dashed, the whole (deleted) affair left her feeling jilted and has given her a few personality quirks, which manifest themselves rather prominently when she gives him her ultimatum. It comes as a crushing disappointment to her when he refuses to capitulate, and much to the detriment of the general public, she's not really particular about whom she subjects to her wrath.
- Ichinensei Ni Nacchattara: Iori's mom is still mad enough as it is about her former husband having cheated on her (leading to their divorce). When Iori claims to be his love child after she figures out his true identity, she's on the phone with a lawyer in seconds.
- The reason for so many murders in Detective Conan.
- In a strange (and funny) twist, Ran also got very tsuntsun when a girl named Youko Akagi showed up in the doorstep of the office, falsely claiming to be Shinichi's girlfriend (the little boy she was babysitting had been kidnapped and Ryouko needed Shinichi's help, using the "girlfriend" claim as her cover).
- Nami Kasakura from the "Blooming Sakura" case might be the biggest example, thanks to her really bitter and loud Motive Rant in which she explains how badly her boyfriend fucked her over and how she decided to kill him in revenge.
- While she wouldn't admit it, Haruhi gets pretty pissed when she catches Kyon messing around (not like that) with Mikuru. It doesn't end well. Except that it does. Sorta.
- In Neon Genesis Evangelion, this trope is essentially the hat of the Akagi women. Both are snared by Gendo and both end up worse for it.
- Naoko threatened Rei-I with spanking when the girl called her an old hag. But when Rei revealed that Gendo calls her that behind her back along with statements that she's no longer useful to him, Naoko flips out and commits a murder-suicide, not knowing that the Rei she killed is expendable in the literal sense.
- Ritsuko deludes herself that Gendo genuinely loves her instead of just having her as a mistress. When she's proven wrong, she incinerates the Rei clones and in End of Evangelion, she hacks the MAGI to remotely self-destruct it as a final 'up yours'... only to have Naoko's woman personality in Casper-3 veto the order. Gendo instantly pulls a gun and kills her.
- Asuka might count as well. One of her sore points is that Shinji always saves the day before her; when she's undergoing the Trope Namer of Mind Rape, Gendo forbids Shinji from going out and saving her. Later on, Rei gets into a pinch and with Asuka unable to pilot, Shinji is scrambled to assist but fails. Cue Asuka believing that Shinji let her suffer on purpose. Then comes End of Evangelion and she releases all her pent-up rage against the MP Evas, to spectacular effect — right before suffering one of the most Cruel And Unusual Deaths in the entire franchise.
- The confrontation between Shinji and Asuka that triggers Third Impact also falls under this. Shinji begs Asuka to help him in his moment of crisis, but due to his perceived betrayals she first attacks and ultimately rejects him.
- Sailor Moon: Minako fell in love with Hawk's Eye and Tiger's Eye (villains she attempted to involve in a threesome, but they were playing with her feelings). Sailor Venus opened a can of whoopass on them later.
- Akuha of Rosario + Vampire is Yandere for Moka. When she sees Tsukune and Moka together she gets pissed.
- In the backstory of Prétear, Takako turned against the Leafe Knights after she was rejected by Hayate and became the Princess of Disaster.
- In Ooku, certainly the words Yoshiyasu used when she was murdering Tsunayoshi make it sound like this trope, but like many things in that manga, it's not entirely clear if it really was this trope or if she was just fulfilling the Mercy Kill Tsunayoshi had been yearning for.
- Gender inverted in Vampire Knight when Zero learned Yuuki is a Pureblood vampire all this time. As a result, despite them working together in destroying Rido, he still vowed to kill her.
- Queen's Blade: Echidna once had a loving relationship with her student, Irma, years ago. Until the day she walked out on her, without a word of explanation, or so much as a 'goodbye'. When Echidna finally turned up again, thinking she could pick up where they left off, Irma blew her off and made it clear that ship had sailed.
- When Gayle hunted down Motoko in Powered Armor in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, he managed to shoot away her left arm and nearly succeeded in killing her. She was saved at the last moment when Saito and Paz showed up with a .50 caliber anti-material tank rifle loaded with high-velocity ammo. Two shots were all it took to knock Gayle over and free her. As soon as she stood up, she ordered Saito to hand over the weapon right away, where she climbed up on top of Gayle and pointed the gun right at the cockpit armor plating. At that point, Motoko went into an Unstoppable Rage shown beautifully through Tranquil Fury. Gayle was already quaking in fear, asking her to open the hatch so he could properly surrender. Motoko unloaded a full clip at point blank right into the cockpit armor plating, not stopping until she had no ammo left. At that point, the armor had been dented so far in that the pressure was suffocating Gayle inside. He was begging for her to open the cockpit, because he couldn't breathe. She allowed him to live so that he would forever REGRET hunting her down.
- In the Child Ballad "Sir Aldingar", Sir Aldingar slanders the queen with charges of infidelity for having rebuffed his advances.
- In the Child Ballad "Child Owlet", Lady Erskine tries to seduce her husband's nephew, Child Owlet. He refuses. She stabs herself and tells her husband that he had tried to seduce her. He puts Child Owlet to death by having him torn apart by wild horses.
- When Jean Grey, who at the time was a host for the Phoenix Force, caught her husband in bed with Emma Frost. It wasn't pretty.
- And before that, her clone, Madelyne Pryor. It took longer for her pain to turn to rage, but hoo boy, when it did...
- In Teen Titans, Terra near the end of "The Judas Contract" goes crazy with her powers after she thinks Slade, her boss and lover, betrayed her. In reality, Slade's son Jericho had possessed him. Slade was actually too afraid of Terra to openly betray her like that — and given her reaction, his fear was perfectly justified. He clears up that he was possesed to Terra, but she's STILL angry at him because he had to beg Jericho to un-possess him, so Terra thinks he's "gone soft" on her. She then tries to kill everyone in the area; thankfully, she only succeeded in killing herself.
- An early arc of Birds of Prey, which featured the first meeting of Black Canary and Huntress, revolved around the two of them tracking down the villain that seduced both of them in their civilian identities and then left them both. Along the way they also team-up with Catwoman, are kidnapped to the former Soviet Union, and Canary winds up facing Lady Shiva, one of the world's deadliest martial artists, for the first time.
You travelled five thousand miles. You hooked up with a loose cannon—possibly psychotic—vigilante who doesn't place much value on life...and a world class felon. You stressed my network to the max. You faced the world's deadliest martial artist. All to get back at a guy who didn't call you
the next day. Was it worth it
? Black Canary: Yeah, it was
- Maxima in Superman comics, who regarded Superman's lack of interest in being her husband and Warlord of Almerac as a personal insult.
- In Gotham City Sirens #19-21, Harley Quinn goes after The Joker in Arkham for ruining her life. By the end, she has him cornered in his cell dead to rights and with a simple "I missed you" from Mr. J all is forgiven. Hey, she isn't the Trope Namer of Mad Love for nothing.
- Shaniah, teenage girl from Brek Zarith story arc of Thorgal series, falls in love with titular character and steals his horse once he rejects her and slaps her for insulting his wife. Later that night she is assaulted by a mysterious man, who steals the horse. The next day a group of soldiers visits the village, looking for a escaped prisoner. Shaniah, making sure prisoner looks like guy she meet yesterday, tells them that she saw him meeting with Thorgal, who gave him his horse, which leads to Thorgal being taken prisoner and starts chain of events that ends with the destruction of her entire village, death of everybody aside heer and Thorgal, including, as it seems then, Thorgal's wife, his Heroic BSOD and later her sacrifice to save his wife's life.
- An Archie Comics story from 1965 has Betty Cooper repeatedly trying to murder Archie after he breaks one too many dates with her. The story's title is "Woman Scorned."
- The Joker comes across as this in a very twisted and very rare male example in Death Of The Family, where the Joker guns for the Bat-Family both because he feels that they have made Batman weak and that they have distracted Batman from his real family: his rogues and him in particular.
- In an issue of the classic Marvel Transformers series, the queen of a race of Transformers-sized alien amazons was so impressed by Cloudburst (a Pretender with an organic shell that allowed him to pose as a giant human), she decided to take him as her consort. When she found out he was a robot under his skin, she decided to take his head.
- In the Vampirella story "The Running Red" after Kruger offers Droga as collateral in his bet only to lose, the humiliated woman pushes him to his doom.
- In the "Dead End Kids" arc of Runaways, all the shit that the team went through was ultimately revealed to be the result of the machinations of Lillie McGurty's older self, who never got over Victor's decision to return to the modern day instead of staying in the 1900s with her. To be fair, she seems more upset with her past self refusing to go to the modern day with him. The entire arc was her ultimately futile attempt to change her past self's decision.
- In Adam R. Brown's Alterien series, Helena Velazquez is a powerful woman with a serious beef with the protagonist, Oberon Navarro. Oberon apparently failed to save her best friend, Hermia, choosing to callously focus on the suspect instead. She sends a world-class assassin to kill his family so that he could feel a similar pain. The story takes place over two books in the series, Shadows of the Past and Path of Redemption.
- The Astral Dawn universe has this trope. Hera grew tired of Zeus' wandering eye and adultery. She boldly declared she would spend her time away from him in the same way he had spent his time away from her. This led to Hera intentionally giving into Agamemnon's advances. However, she unexpectedly fell in love with the high spirit she had only intended to use as a means of getting back at her husband.
- Entire motivation for Hot Witch and psychopath Jezebel from Dora Wilk Series is that Joshua's father wasn't interested in her (she tried to get him to bed, but he was madly in love with his wife). She takes bloody revenge that leads to deaths of both of them and then comes back for more after she finds out his son is away from Archangel Gabriel's care.
- Wei Fen in David Wingrove's Chung Kuo is furious after finding out that her husband Li Yuan, the future T'ang (lord) of City Europe, has brought back the two servant girls that he slept with as an early teenager. It gets worse from there.
- Lanfear in The Wheel of Time is the subtrope Psycho Ex-Girlfriend. She was dumped by the previous Dragon in favor of someone a little less power-hungry and is still pissed off 3,000 years later; now free of her imprisonment, she's gunning for his reincarnation, to either help and
marry turn into her love slave or outright kill. When she finds out that she's been replaced again, people die horribly.
- In the backstory of His Dark Materials, John Parry refused the advances of the witch Juta Kamainen. She swore to kill him. After finally accomplishing that goal, she is told that he was just being faithful to his wife, and that she just stopped him from reuniting with his son Will who is destined to save the world, and possibly from giving said son some vital information. She promptly kills herself because of her rejected love and to escape Will, who is quite intimidating for his age.
- In the Warhammer 40,000 Ciaphas Cain novel The Traitor's Hand, Cain comes face-to-face with a Slaaneshi sorceress who tried to seduce him and consume his soul some years earlier; he spurned her via lasbolts to the torso. In this case, though, said sorceress came back as a Greater Daemon of Slaanesh, and was slightly miffed at the rude treatment he'd given her.
- Being a Greater Daemon, though, she wasn't too keen on anyone else either, though.
- In Stephen King's Rose Madder, Rosie McLendon starts out as an abused woman on the run from her psycho husband, and slowly works her way up to this... along with the help of a being who may or may not be the personification of female vengeance itself. I repay! is her declaration, and she most certainly does.
- A version, albeit mildly, appears in Catherine Alliott's The Old-Girl Network, when Serena feels scored after her boyfriend breaks up with her and gets into bed with Polly.
- Phaidor in Edgar Rice Burroughs's The Gods of Mars. When John Carter manages to notice, he feels guilty that he might have given her some reason to believe he might reciprocate. He tells her of Dejah Thoris.
"Dog," she hissed. "Dog of a blasphemer! Think you that Phaidor, daughter of Matai Shang, supplicates? She commands. What to her is your puny outer world passion for the vile creature you chose in your other life?"
- In the Fairy Tale The Hind in the Wood (also known as The White Doe), Prince Warrior breaks his engagement to the Black Princess when he falls in love with Princess Desiree. The Black Princess is furious due to the prince breaking his promise, and she seeks help to place a curse on Desiree.
- Sidney Sheldon's breakthrough novel The Other Side of Midnight has Noelle Page. She's a poor French girl wooed by American pilot Larry Douglas, who promises to return to her after he's called back to his duties — even giving her money for a wedding gown. She waits, finds out she's pregnant...and then tracks down his whereabouts and learns he's The Casanova who never intends to return. This has extremely ugly consequences, starting with how she handles the baby issue; soon she's a Gold Digger model/actress and a Chessmaster set on ruining Larry's career and forcing him into working for her.
- In Michael Moorcock's "Eternal Champion" story, when Iolinda is scorned because Ekrose has grown to truly love another, she refuses to order the Human armies to retreat in the face of vastly superior weaponry. The result of this is Ekrose takes a grim responsibility to kill every last human on the planet.
- Donia from Wicked Lovely, for Keenan. There's a reason the authour compares her to the Emilie Autumn song "I Want My Innocence Back".
- Agatha Christie's Five Little Pigs is about a woman accused of murdering her husband for cheating on her. Turns out it was actually the husband's lover, when she found out he wasn't actually planning on leaving his wife.
- Probably a lesser example than most of the ones on this page, but Hermione Granger tries to beat the crap out of Ron Weasley after he returns from his Achilles in His Tent moment in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. His reason for leaving boils down to two things: 1) worry for his family and 2) jealousy that Hermione's taking Harry's side during decisions/arguments. And being influenced by the Artifact of Doom. It's the second part that Hermione's pissed about, and it takes several days for her to forgive him for leaving (though she stops attacking him once Harry forces her to cool off from the initial anger).
- It's revealed in the last book of Codex Alera that this was the motivation for Princeps Septimus's murder. His father Sextus wanted to set him up with Invidia; Septimus, however, was having none of it and wound up marrying a commoner for love. Invidia did not take this well and arranged to have him assassinated as a consequence. Essentially, every problem in the entire series comes from the fact that Invidia is a poisonous, backstabbing bitch.
- Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: Justified big time with Julia Webster in the book Payback. Her husband Senator Webster slept around, got infected with AIDS, and then infected her with it! He didn't know he was infected, but the damage was done. Julia made sure he paid for that!
- Dazil in the first Spaceforce book. The wife of a powerful Swordbearer Caste warlord, she is seduced by and falls in love with Jay. She is so distraught by what she sees as his eventual rejection of her that she turns him over to the authorities, having learned the secret of his origins in the course of their affair. But there is also a suggestion that she might have planned to seduce him from the outset, in order to get pregnant and avoid being ‘replaced’ by her husband.
- The Wayfarer Redemption's Faraday, who sacrificed two years of her life being married to a complete brute in order to save the life of her lover, Axis... while he was off cheating on her. Not only that, but when he came back he granted his new lover all the power and influence he would have given Faraday had he kept his promises to her. Oh, and he knows the entire extent of his jerkassery, but still somehow fails to make any sort of amends for his actions outside of a highly inadequate apology. Oh well. It was in the prophecy anyway. Faraday does get back at him for it eventually.
- Wendy Nogard in Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger, except since the man who scorns her disappears from her life forever, she takes out her anger on... everybody else she meets thereafter.
- Trapped on Draconica: Zarracka tried to seduce Tyrone but he refused to cheat on Daniar so she killed him and made it look like a suicide. When she tried the same on Kalak and with similar success she gave him hypothermia.
- In the Chivalric Romance "Seven Sages of Rome", the wife of the emperor tried to seduce her stepson; when he refused, she told her husband that he had tried to rape her. He is saved by the title sages, who counter her stories of designing councilors with those of evil wives.
- In the Chivalric Romance "Olivier de Castile et Artus d'Algarbe", Olivier has to flee because his stepmother tried to seduce him and accused him of rape when she failed.
- In a genre-flip, the Chivalric Romance Florence of Rome has her refuse the advances of her brother-in-law, who then claims to his brother that she had tried to seduce him.
- Another one lies in The Earl of Toulos and its variants, where two failed lovers accuse the empress of infidelity, going so far as to introduce a man into her bed to add evidence.
- In Sir Triamour, the steward tries to seduce the queen, is rejected, feigns that he was just testing her, and accuses her of adultery on her husband's return.
- The Life And Loves Of A She Devil by Fay Wheldon (on which the movie She Devil was based) is entirely this. Once dumped, the title character devotes herself to reaching a position to completely ruin her ex-husband and his mistress.
- In Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light, Kali brings this to exciting new levels, resulting in (temporary) Death by Woman Scorned for Sam.
- Yama does a gender-flip, turning from one of Sam's fiercest enemies to his most faithful supporter because his love was spurned for power by a woman among the gods. To be sure, Sam had observed that he had put his great talents at that side's service out of love for her, despite the unworthiness of the gods, so he had some natural affinity for the other side, but his reactions to her are strong and painful.
- In The Dresden Files novel Skin Game, the fallen angel Laschiel, having obtained a new host, seeks out Harry Dresden to take revenge on him for resisting her temptations. She even drops the trope-naming line during a prophetic Erotic Dream Harry has where his love interest Karrin Murphy turns into Laschiel mid-coitus and then shoots him in the head.
- In Skulduggery Pleasant, this trope is strongly implied to have been the motivation behind China's role in the murders of Skulduggery's wife and child.
Live Action TV
- Nina Myers in 24 doesn't inform the Drazens that David Palmer is still alive until after (in all the non-US versions) she discovers that Teri Bauer is pregnant by Jack Bauer, whom Nina had an affair with. Then, she kills her. To quote Keith Topping on the matter:
"This is because what hell really hath no fury like, is The Other Woman finding out that her bloke's wife has just got herself a useful weapon in hanging onto him". (Italics in original)
- In one episode of Garth Marenghis Darkplace - appropriately titled "Hell Hath Fury," the lone female doctor felt unappreciated and wreaked havoc with her psychic powers. At the end, Dagless recounted what he'd learned: "Women get angry over the tiniest things. Tomorrow I'd tell her that her hair looked nice, or that she'd lost weight. Whichever's more believable."
- In Rome Julius Caesar gets this treatment big time from Servilia when he ends their affair to go to Greece and put an end to the civil war. Servilia not only puts a number of curses on him, she actively conspires to murder him and enlists her own son to hold the knife. Pretty strong reaction, since he was married to someone else anyway and she knew he would have to fight in Greece at some point.
- Her son (Brutus) points it was really about this trope after she mocked him saying he should get on his knees and beg to Ceasar since it worked so well for him in the past. He replied, 'But not you, huh? Perhaps you did not beg hard enough?'
- Gender-reversed in CSI: Miami. When Calleigh dumps her officer boyfriend and gets him fired for using credit cards of the dead, he opens a website....*Glasses Pull*...attacking her.
- In Smallville, a stalker of Lex tries to kill him in revenge for breaking her heart after she cheated on her fiancee with him and didn't return her calls declaring her love for him or even acknowledge her in any way.
- Played ridiculously straight on Robin Hood. Isabella is a perfectly sane, compassionate and intelligent woman...until the moment Robin dumps her, after which she instantly turns into a raving lunatic.
- He doesn't even dump her. He simply refuses to abandon everything he has fought for and leave with her. He was probably willing to stay with her, if she chose to live in Sherwood.
- Reaper: Dumping an ordinary woman is bad enough. Dumping a demoness who's got a crush on you and is really, really trying to overcome her murderous cannibalistic urges is criminally and suicidally insane!
- Gender-reversed again in United States Of Tara. Marshall, who is general one of the most stable characters on the show, sees his crush/maybe-boyfriend making out with his mother's alter ego. So he reveals his presence, yells at both of them, and returns a few hours later to burn down the shed.
- Played in Supernatural with a huge amount of Ho Yay. In an episode when Dean tries to go over to Heaven, Castiel is NOT amused.
- Happens when Castle doesn't call after returning from the Hamptons, Beckett is not happy. Neither are Ryan and Esposito, the former who nearly shot him before he was arrested by Beckett and angrily taken for questioning.
Beckett Why didn't you call, Castle?
- Surprisingly enough (given that this series centers around about ladies, romance and plotting against each other) Gossip Girl plays this straight mostly with male examples. First is, as spelled by the narrator herself, Chuck Bass scorned in the first season. When Blair discards him to get back with Nate, Chuck ruins her social life and new relationship in revenge. Four seasons later prince Louis finally loses his patience with (again) Blair when he's humiliated because of her on their wedding day, and informs her with a Slasher Smile that she's now trapped into a loveless marriage charade and if she tries to break out of it or misbehave, she's got to pay an enormous "dowry". Blair herself, otherwise a goddess of revenge of this series, has never actively gone after a lover directly because of the scorn, usually destroying or Slut Shaming the other woman instead.
- Took a bit longer than usual to kick in, but happens in Frasier when Maris asks Niles to reconcile with her just before they finalize their divorce. When Niles rejects her, she promptly hires a team of lawyers to launch an investigation in order to bankrupt him and make his life hell purely out of spite, since Maris was a millionaire who had been perfectly happy with her settlement before this incident.
- This is the in-universe reason for why Charlie Harper isn't on Two and a Half Men anymore. He proposed to Rose, they went to Paris, and she caught him with another woman, so she pushed him in front of a train.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- ("Into the Woods"). Buffy discovers her boyfriend Riley Finn has been visiting vampire prostitutes. She burns down the building where the act took place, massacres the vampire-pimp's gang when they're foolish enough to attack her and — after initially letting the vampire-prostitute go — throws a wooden spear into her back as she's running away.
- Anya, in her days as a demon, was known as the Patron Saint for Women Scorned. When a woman was heartbroken, she would appear to her and grant her a wish, usually to torture the man in unimaginable ways. One time, a girl wished the guys who played her along, broke her heart and humilliated her knew what it was to have their hearts ripped out and broken. Anya takes it a little too literally.
- Harmony is this in "Pangs" (scares Spike off with a stake) and "Crush" (actually tries to kill him).
- Subverted with Princess Mithian on Merlin. Despite being flirted with and essentially led-on by Arthur for a number of days, she doesn't hold it against him when he breaks off their engagement due to his enduring love for Guinevere - in fact, she seems rather moved by his devotion to her.
- Battlestar Galactica (Classic): Upon seeing Starbuck with another woman in a Viper launch bay, Athena vents steam from the catapults on him.
- On The Wonder Years, Kevin learns the hard way about a woman scorned when breaks up with Becky Slater, who he had only dated in an attempt to make Winnie jealous. Not only did she punch him (several times), she told everyone at school what he said about them behind their backs.
- Dexter: When the titular character chooses Rita over Lila, the latter loses it. She abducts Rita's children, locks them on her appartment and sets the place on fire with the kids inside to show him the terrible choice he made. Dexter saves them in time, though.
- Happens in one episode of Grimm where a priest was accused of stealing money from the church and his girlfriend vouches for his alibi. Then she finds out he slept with another woman in the church and got her pregnant. She turns him in to an irate mob, who gang up and beat him to death. She and the other woman then go live a life of luxury with the money he had stolen.
- Scandal: When Becky, Huck's girlfriend, finds out that he plans to take her down, she responds by murdering the entire family that Huck considers very dear to him!
- In Belgian cop show Salamander, Karin Rasenberg is a bored rich woman in the highest stratum of political life. Viewed only as a Trophy Wife and both neglected and scorned by an abusive husband, she sets about betraying him to Gerardi. But when Gerardi cannot go through with sleeping with her so as to extract more evidence, the rejected Karin takes revenge on him too.
- Game of Thrones.
- Jon Snow is a Fake Defector to the wildling army and falls in love with Fiery Redhead Ygritte, who puts three arrows in him while he's escaping to the Nights Watch to warn them of the attack. Wildling chief Tormund Giantsbane lampshades it later, saying he knew Ygritte loved Jon in return because all she talked about after this event was killing him.
- Tyrion falls in love with Camp Follower Shae, but when his father threatens to hang her has to Break Her Heart To Save Her to force her to leave Kings Landing. Shae retaliates by giving false testimony at his trial. When Tyrion unexpectedly finds Shae in his father's bed, the two immediately try to kill each other, with Tyrion strangling her using a gold neck chain he gave her as a gift.
- Invoked as a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner on the first-season finale of Agents Of SHIELD:
Ward: You're not gonna kill us with the bomb. You'd go, too.
Skye: No. I have a weapon much better than a bomb, that will absolutely destroy you.
Ward: And why's that?
Skye: Because you slept with her. And she's really pissed off.
- In an early episode of Orange Is The New Black, Boo is implied to be one of these. She's not.
- The Scottish folk ballad "The Brown Girl".
I'll dance upon your grave for twelvemonth and a day
I'll do as much for you as any maiden may
I'll make you rue the very day that you were born
I'm a bonny brown girl.
- PJ Harvey's song "Rid Of Me" is a textbook example of what a wronged woman is thinking:
I'll tie your legs
Keep you against my chest
You're not rid of me
No you're not rid of me
I'll make you lick my injuries
I'm gonna twist your head off see
'Til you say don't you wish you never never met her!
- The Who's "My Wife":
My life's in jeopardy
Murdered in cold blood is what I'm gonna be
I ain't been home since Friday night
And now my wife is coming after me...
- In Vocaloid's The Tailor Shop of Enbizaka, the tailor sees her lover with three different girls on separate occasions. She kills them and takes their clothing/accessories, thinking that this was the kind of girl her lover liked. It turns out that her "lover" had never met her before and the three women she killed were his wife and two children. She then kills him too, offended that he didn't recognize her.
- In the music video for Vanilla Ninja's song "Liar", a girl discovers that her motorcross-champion boyfriend has been cheating on her. So she runs over his bike. With a monster truck.
- Rapper Left Eye from 90's girl group TLC infamously burned down the mansion of her boyfriend, football player Andre Rison, when she thought he was cheating on her. And because there's No Such Thing as Bad Publicity, the media firestorm that followed led to record sales of TLC's 1995 album, CrazySexyCool. According to TLC's Behind The Music episode, she "only" meant to burn the several pairs of women's shoes she found in his house that weren't her size, and the fire spread faster than she expected. Surprisingly, they kept an on-and-off relationship until her death in 2002.
- The Pretty Reckless: Taylor outright states she kills her man for cheating on her despite the fact he was good in the sack.
- In the music video for "10 Seconds" Jazmine Sullivan ties her cheating boyfriend to a chair with a bomb strapped to it. Seen here. Curiously, in the song itself she gives him 10 seconds to take his things and leave. It doesn't really matter though as it was all a dream.
- "Tornado" by Little Big Town.
- Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" provides a classic example:
Well I dug my key into the side of his pretty little souped up four-wheel drive, carved my name into his leather seats. Took a Louisville Slugger to both headlights, slashed a hole in all four tires; maybe next time he'll think before he cheats.
- Marianne Faithfull: "Why D'Ya Do It," based on a poem by Heathcoate Williams, is an especially venomous, profane version of this.
Myth And Legend
- This trope is Older Than Dirt:
- Hera, wife of the supreme Greek good Zeus, was the godess of women and marriage. Being married to Zeus, everything she does in almost all the stories she appears in, is a reaction to his latest escapades. Being unable to go against the king of the gods directly, she usually vented her anger on anyone remotely connected to his case of unfaithfulness. Obviously, his various offspring gained her ire the most, hence why she's usually the Big Bad in most Hercules stories.
- One myth said that she did strike against her husband directly once, getting the other Olympians to help by ambushing him while he slept, binding him with a hundred ropes and putting his weapons well out of reach. This attempted coup may have actually worked, but it had two serious flaws: First, once they had done this, they all argued among themselves over who the new ruler should be. This distracted them from the second flaw: some gods were still loyal to Zeus, like Theitis a minor goddess of the sea. While not powerful enough to challenge the other Olympians, she traveled into Tartarus to appeal to Briareus the Hecatonchire for help. The hundred-handed giant quickly untied Zeus, and Hera's coup ended quickly, resulting in a punishment that would seriously make her think twice about doing it again. (Bound from the edge of the heavens from her wrists with anvils chained to her ankles to weigh her down, with Zeus promising an even worse punishment to anyone who helped her. He eventually released her, but this did prevent any future attempt at a coup.)
- Upon the birth of Gaia's children the Cyclopes and Hecatonchires, Uranus hid them in a secret place within Gaia, causing her great pain. So she conspired with her son Cronus to chop off his testicles in revenge. OUCH!
- When Eris, the goddess of discord, was not invited to a wedding, she still crashed the party out of spite by throwing a golden apple on which was written that it belongs to the most beautiful goddess. As Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite all wanted it, their bickering started the Trojan War.
- Medea: When her husband Jason deserted her for another woman, she killed his new fiancee and the fiancee's father (this one by accident: he was trying to save her and failed) with a golden robe laced with poison, and then put every one of her children by Jason to the sword, before letting him live with it. To make this even worse, Medea is The Medic. And to make it even worse, Hera, being both the protector of Jason, the divinity called to witness his oath to Medea and the one who got them together in the first place, was the one supposed to punish him but the goddess of the Women Scorned couldn't find anything worse to inflict on him.
- That was a later version, that was restricted to Corinth before Euripides made it famous. The other version is even more terrifying: while in that it's the Corinthians who kill the children for delivering the poisoned robe, Medea had already set the city on fire because the new fiancee's father happened to be the king of Corinth (or by accident: a variant says that the poison set the fiancee on fire and the father made it spread in the vain attempt to save her), and when she left the city was hit by an earthquake. She still left Jason alive to suffer, and Hera still failed to find something worse to punish him with.
- The best Hera could come up with is to take back all the favors from her to him, and efficiently leading Jason to lose all his glory as a hero and reduced into a beggar until his death.
- Bellerophon was staying with Proetus of Tiryns when Proetus' wife attempted to seduce him, and then claimed Bellerophon had ravished her when he refused. Sacred Hospitality meant Proetus had to try less straightforward means of killing him.
- Phaedra tried to seduce her stepson Hippolytus. When he refused, she claimed to her husband Theusus that he had tried to rape her.
- Ur Example: Ishtar in The Epic of Gilgamesh: Gilgamesh scorned her because he knew sleeping with a goddess, especially this goddess, always ends the same way — Death by Sex. It was a no-win situation.
- Queen Dido in The Aeneid, who prophesied that her and Aeneas' people would meet again in war (the Punic Wars — her future, Virgil's past). Particularly tragic in that it's made fairly obvious that he'd have stayed with her if he'd had the choice.
- Izanami of Shinto fame, who was abandoned in Yomi (the underworld) by her husband. Followed by Izanami sending demons to kill him. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. When said woman owns hell, you are boned.
- Brünnhilde from Richard Wagner's Götterdämmerung. Not enough that her husband, Siegfried, completely forgot her due to a love potion and married Gutrune, he also kidnapped her in the form of Gunther, for said man G was too much of a coward to cross the Circle Of Fire. Then the double marriage occurs. Brunnhilde is a little angry, makes a super big scandal, forces Siegfried into a false vow and then conspires with Hagen to kill him. When she finds out Siegfried was innocent and mistaken, it's too late. A good reason for a badass soliloquy and apocalypse, isn't it?
- In Hawaiian Mythology, the Ali'i (chief) Aiwohikupua gets engaged to Hinaikamalama, despite being already engaged to a chiefess named Laieikawai back home in Kahiki. note The two of them eventually have a bad argument, and he sails off to have some space and calm down. He meets Poliahu, and the two fall in Love at First Sight. When it's revealed that he's already engaged to two women, Poliahu gives him a What the Hell, Hero?...but then agrees to release him from his vows on the condition that he break off those engagements and marry her. He agrees, and the two trade capes to seal their agreement. So Aiwohikupua sails home and breaks off his engagement to Laieikawai and prepares for the wedding to Poliahu. When he sails back to Hawai'i to bring back his bride, he remembers his feelings for Hinaikamalama and sets off to find her. The two reconcile, and he runs off with her. Poliahu finds out about this, and attacks Hinaikamalama with chills and fever, and does the same to Aiwohikupua when he goes to talk to her. Eventually, Hinaikamalama leaves Aiwohikupua, and Poliahu heads back to her home on Mauna Kea alone. And in all this, the truth about Aiwohikupua's philandering and dishonesty came out, and he loses his Ali'i status and becomes Persona Non Grata because of his transgressions.
- Lilith from Exalted. OK, not so much "scorned", as "mentally tortured into schizophrenia" and not so much "villainess" as "flies into an understandable rage when her husband (the monstrous Desus) is mentioned", but she acts the same as one.
- A Lilith also appears in "Fair is Foul," one of Vampire: The Masquerade's Gehenna scenarios. The backstory given tells us that Lilith taught Caine the vampiric Disciplines, and then he left her to run Enoch and sire the Second Generation. Lilith then became "Mother of Monsters" and comes to town to call out Caine, and she does so in a spectacular manner.
- Scion: Ragnarok rewrites the Norse myths of Ragnarok into one of these. The myths surrounding Balder's death are suddenly broken in half because Nanna, Balder's wife, is furious at how Fate is kicking her around. She goes so far as to disguise herself as Thokk, whose refusal to weep for Balder traps him in Helheim. Loki himself is thrown for a loop.
- Lady Malys from the Dark Eldar in Warhammer 40,000. Scorned by Asdrubael Vect, she wandered into the webway, potentially beat the Laughing God (or some other powerful, unknown entity) in a game of wills, tore out his heart, and replaced her own with it. Now she commands one of the stronger Kabals of Commoragh and is possibly the only person able to kill Vect (something she yearns to do) and is completely immune to psychic powers, as well as being able to see into the near future.
- "The Cell Block Tango" from Chicago. In this number, a series of murderesses fit into this category as they each in turn explain the horrendous crimes their men committed to them and how they each murdered said men. But, unlike some other examples, the womens' murders weren't always justified (i.e, stabbed him to death because he suspected her of cheating, shot in the head several times for popping gum too loud, etc.)
- And the two lead females- Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly- also fit into this category, but their crimes were on the same moral wavelength as the previously mentioned murderesses.
- Spoofed with Donna Donna in P.D.Q. Bach's opera The Abduction of Figaro.
- Fleur de Lys in Notre Dame De Paris is this. She is in love with Captain Phoebus, but he is a womanizer, and cheats on her with Esmeralda. Her final song, and one solo, La Monture the trope version of this song. She says she will take him back if he agrees to hang Esmeralda. He does.
- This is almost a staple of Dating Sims, especially on the dodgier ones. For example, in Hitomi My Stepsister, if you show interest in Hitomi while on the route of the very unstable Yoko, she stabs you to death, even when you really weren't cheating on her.
- A cut ending scene from Knights of the Old Republic 2 would have had whichever Love Interest you didn't express an interest in attack the other with a lightsaber.
- Also, both of the main female characters on School Days fit this trope to a T. Depending on the ending, Makoto, the main character, can be stabbed and killed by Sekai, Sekai herself may be killed by the poor Kotonoha, or Kotonoha may be Driven to Suicide while destroying Makoto and Sekai's relationship. All of this because the main character is an unrepenting cheating Casanova.
- In the Indie Adventure Game The Marionette, 'Alice' turns out to be the real name of a woman who was one of the main character's models who became obsessed with him after he scorned her.
- Ophelia from Brutal Legend.
- In Super Robot Wars Judgment, the female protagonist turns into this halfway through when you encounter the vanguard-leader of The Fury, Al-Van Lunks... because, as it turns out, he's her ex-boyfriend, whom she believed to have died in a military research accident years back, along with several of her friends. The revelation that he's non-human quickly leads to the conclusion that the 'accident' was sabotage, and while the whole 'trying to wipe out humanity' thing has a lot to do with it, it's clear that the protagonist is motivated mainly by a desire for revenge over the man who betrayed and lied to her. What's worse than a Woman Scorned? A scorned woman with a Humongous Mecha...
- Adele from Arc Rise Fantasia goes absolutely nuts when she awakens as the Diva of Real. Since Arc chose Imaginal already, that means she and Arc can never be together. When Arc summons Simmah to block an attack from Girtab and Adele is hurt in the process, she takes this as proof that Arc doesn't care about her anymore. She spends the rest of the game trying to kill Arc for "wronging" her. This case is a little crazier than most, since the object of her affection had absolutely no idea she felt that way about him since she never admitted her feelings.
- The Love Shockers from Jet Set Radio are a gang of these. Quoth DJ Professor K, "Love broke their hearts, and now they're looking to do some breaking of their own!"
- Starcraft: Sarah Kerrigan. Hooo boy, Sarah Kerrigan. Making vengeance seems very easy when you have Horde of Alien Locusts at your disposal. Slightly subverted in that her infestation makes her not only bitch to Mengsk, but to everyone else. Double Subverted when it is revealed that even after her de-infestation, she still holds a very deep grudge against Mengsk. To be fair, she did kill Mengsk's father, but that is out of malice, she just did her job. And Mengsk did said he forgives her, too.
- This is the reason for all the chaos and near-end-of-the-world in Resident Evil 6. Big Bad Carla Radames felt betrayed by Simmons because he altered her appearance and brainwashed her so she would look and act like Ada Wong. When she regained control, she wasn't happy. One of the main reasons for her plan is to humiliate and crush Simmons and irreversibly destroy the world balance he cares so much about.
- Lady Hilda in Final Fantasy IX. When she discovered that her husband, Regent Cid, had cheated on her, she used magic to turn him into an oglop (a type of bug) and he was left that way for quite a while because she ended up getting kidnapped. After she was finally found, she turned him back into human, but not before threatening to turn him into a hedgehog pie (a type of monster) if he ever cheated again.
- Gender inverted in Devil May Cry where Dante learned that Trish, his guide to Mallet Island, is really working for Mundus and sends Nightmare to attack him in mission 20. After its defeat, Dante saves her life, but still does not take it well that he vowed to kill her if they cross paths again.
- In Dead Case, the church ghost hates men because she remembers thinking her husband was cheating on her before she died. It turns out there's more going on - her husband had been a serial killer and she'd found out. When she remembers this, she is furious.
- Nerf NOW!! - The BLU Sniper really should have checked what day it was before he brutally turned down the RED Demo-tan. He spends the next few days getting glued back together in hell.
- Lampshaded in The Order of the Stick when the demonic Sabine confronts her boyfriend Nale - the strip title was "Hell Hath Exactly As Much Fury."
- That was for refusing to let her in on a human sacrifice rather than regular cheating. She is an incarnation of illicit sex, after all.
- A major plot thread in the latter half of Total Drama World Tour focuses on Courtney's vendetta against her boyfriend Duncan and friend Gwen after finding out that the two kissed.
- In the Wonder Woman animated film, Ares states that not even a woman scorned will be able to save mankind from his wrath.
- Parodied in the Peanuts Halloween Special It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!, after Sally flips out at Linus for convincing her that the Great Pumpkin exists:
Linus: You've heard about fury in a woman scorned, haven't you?
Charlie Brown: Yes, I guess I have.
Linus: Well, that's nothing compared to the fury of a woman who has been cheated out of tricks-or-treats.
- In Futurama: Bender's Big Score, the Planet Express crew is being attacked by yeti... until Leela runs at them shouting, "Don't mess with me! I just got dumped!" and the yeti run away in terror.
- When the controls for the Moodulators in the Kim Possible episode "Emotion Sickness" were destroyed, they left Kim and Shego in an unstoppable angry state, just moments after Ron and Drakken had dumped them. Considering that Kim and Shego are (mostly) the strongest people in the show and that Ron and Drakken are (at least until the Grand Finale) much weaker than them, Ron and Drakken got really scared...
- Technically, Kim was the only one who was dumped. All Drakken did was walk away to pursue his evil scheme while Shego was in the middle of a Moodulator-induced crying jag, which she regarded as an unforgivable abandonment.
- Superman: The Animated Series: Superman got on the wrong end of a particularly pissed-off warrior queen named Maxima.
- Codename: Kids Next Door: Lizzie in "Operation: D.A.T.E."
- Harley Quinn beats up The Joker in the "Joker's Millions" episode of Batman: The Animated Series after disguising herself as a police woman. The basis behind the attack was he abandoned her, leaving her to get caught instead, then promptly replaced her when he found out he got a fortune left to him. A bit of a CMOA for the her character.
- Harley also attacks the Joker in "Trial" after finding out that he'd finked on her in hopes of getting a better deal for himself.
- After Batman saves Catwoman's life, she kisses him, but he pushes her away. She says he can't deny there's something between them, which he admits there is - the law. She reacts with composure and maturity... As in she throws him off a building.
- Mai from Avatar: The Last Airbender is not happy when Zuko, not wanting to drag her into a life of treason, breaks up with her to go join the Avatar. She does end up saving his life and getting thrown in prison for betraying Azula, and they're later reunited in one of the series' greatest Crowning Moments of Heartwarming.
- Katara's a mild version. After Jet betrays her, when she see him next she's the last to trust him. Her objections are reasonable, and she does get better when he proves he's a good guy now, but when Katara is the one being the most militant...
- Not a romantic example, but Katara is the last person to trust Zuko after his Heel-Face Turn. She voices her truly scathing disdain for his presence as The Stinger to The Western Air Temple.
- Mentioned in The Legend of Korra, where Chief Bei Fong once tried to have Pema arrested after winning over her old boyfriend Tenzin.
- Later, after Mako and Korra break up, she implies that she trashed Air Temple Island after Tenzin broke up with her.
- Bolin leaves the manipulative Eska at the altar, so she tries to chase him across the sea. He is only able to escape her because Varrick's ship has extra speed, added so he could escape a similar situation.
- The Martian Queen in the Duck Dodgers episode ""The Queen Is Wild", who seeks revenge on Dodgers for rejecting her in "To Love A Duck". Dodgers, being Dodgers, has completely forgotten the entire incident.
Martian Queen:But now, I will have my richly deserved revenge. I will humiliate Duck Dodgers, as he humiliated me. And when the wretch begs for mercy, he will receive naught but the heel of my foot, and my laugh of bitter contempt.
- Tiny Toon Adventures: Fifi LaFume in How I Spent My Vacation. After Johnny Pew gives the autograph that was meant for Fifi to Bimbette, Johnny suffers the wrath of one very, VERY angry Fifi.
- Mordecai and Rigby from Regular Show learn the hard way that dumping Starla, is a really bad idea. A really bad idea.
- Hayley Smith on American Dad! whenever she gets dumped goes on an Unstoppable Rage.
- In Fairly OddParents, Timmy finally got to go out with Trixie by wishing they were the only two people on Earth. Unfortunately, she soon began to go crazy and wanting him to adore her as much as hundreds of boys. Creeped out, Timmy decided to break off their relationship (by chewing off his arm). Unfortunately, she went even crazier and tried to kill him before Cosmo and Wanda unwished everything.
- A male example in the Batman Beyond episode "April Moon": Dr. Corso provided weaponized cyborg upgrades to a criminal gang who had been holding his wife hostage. It turned out that she was in on it and was cheating on him with the gang leader. In the final scene, the gang leader (who doesn't know that the doctor found out the truth) comes in for more surgery....
- This trope set in motion a three-year criminal case in the UK involving politician Chris Huhne and his wife Vicky Pryce. The two had been happily married for 26 years, and then, in 2010, it came out that Huhne had been having an affair with his aide Carina Trimingham. So Pryce willingly revealed to the papers that she had taken speeding points for Huhne back in 2003 (so he wouldn't get a driving ban). For non-British readers - over here that amounts to obstruction of justice. As a result, in 2012, Huhne and Pryce were both charged (with Huhne resigning his Cabinet position) after an investigation. In February 2013, Huhne plead guilty to the offence - whilst Pryce didn't, claiming the defence of marital coercion (in other words, by virtue of being the wife in their relationship, she could claim that her husband forced her into committing criminal acts). The judge didn't buy it, and found her guilty as well. Both were sentenced to 8 months in prison. The judge of the case actually (almost explicitly) invoked this trope.