Playing With: And There Was Much Rejoicing
: Someone dies, and everyone reacts with happiness, including the character's allies.
- Straight: Pike, a member in the Five-Man Band, gets killed by the Big Bad. Both the villains and the rest of the Five-Man Band see this as a joyous moment.
- Exaggerated: Both teams are so happy about Pike's death, that the heroes and villains decided to lighten up with each other and have a truce.
- Everyone gets a smile on their face after Pike dies, but they go about their business.
- Pike is not a hated character, but his death goes unnoticed.
- Pike doesn't actually die. Instead he departs into the sunset, and everyone rejoices as soon as he is out of hearing.
- Pike was a Jerkass who annoyed both the hero and villain teams.
- The Big Bad dies. The heroes rejoice for obvious reasons, while the allies and subordinates of the Big Bad rejoice because he was a Bad Boss, afflicted with Chronic Backstabbing Disorder or even mind-controlling people who didn't really want to work with him.
- Subverted: Pike was so annoying you would expect even his friends to rejoice; instead, they realize for the first time how unappreciated he was.
- Double Subverted: This is promptly forgotten when they remember all of Pike's bad decisions, and decide they are better off without him.
- Parodied: The mook who killed Pike is hailed as a hero by the gang, despite being unambiguously evil.
- Zig Zagged: Some of the characters react happily, but others... not so much.
- All deaths are mourned.
- No one dies.
- Enforced: Pike was The Scrappy, so the heroes' positive reaction to his death showed that they hate him as much as the audience.
- Lampshaded: "That bastard's dead! PARTY AT MY HOUSE!"
- Invoked: Pike deliberately acts like a jerk so his friends will celebrate his death.
- Exploited: The villains knew that the heroes will celebrate Pike's death and will lower their guard during the festivities, so they plan a direct attack on the heroes' headquarters right after Pike's demise.
- While everyone was glad to see him go, Pike is nevertheless properly mourned and respectfully buried.
- Pike is a negative person, but the heroes find no reason to be joyful in someone's death, no matter how bad they are.
- Discussed: "You would think those heroes would be a little bit more sad about Pike."
- Conversed: "They certainly seem happy about Pike's death. Don't the writers know that a death is nothing to be happy about?"
- Implied: Everyone's expression brightens when Pike dies, but no one says anything.
- Deconstructed: The celebrations at his funeral reveal how utterly uncaring and evil Pike's "friends" were...
- Reconstructed: ...But later, it was revealed that Pike's Jerkass tendencies have crossed the Moral Event Horizon before he died, justifiying the group's joy.
- Played For Laughs: Pike's funeral erupts into a wild and raucous Dance Party Ending.
- Untwisted: Pike was so friendly and pleasant that you would expect his friends to mourn; instead, they celebrate the loss.
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