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Playing With: And There Was Much Rejoicing
Basic Trope: 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.
  • Downplayed:
    • Everyone gets a smile on their face after Pike dies, but they go about their business.
    • Pike is a hated character, but his death goes unnoticed.
  • Justified:
    • 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.
  • Inverted:
  • 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: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Some of the characters react happily, but others... not so much.
  • Averted:
    • 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.
  • Defied:
    • 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?"
  • 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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