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Playing With: Cruel and Unusual Death
Basic Trope: A character's death is drawn-out, painful, and humiliating.
  • Straight: Bob is slashed apart by Overlord Steve in nonvital areas several times and is forced to watch himself bleed out in full public view.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is slashed, blown up, dragged by his hair through a wood chipper, and tossed into the sea on a worldwide broadcast... all while still conscious.
  • Downplayed: Bob's death is horrifically painful, but is over fast and not dragged out.
  • Justified:
    • An ordinary death is uncertain, and Steve knows that if that happens, it would come back to bite him. So, he wants to make sure he finishes the job.
    • Steve is out to set an example to anyone else who dares stand up to him.
  • Inverted: Steve's conventional attempt to kill Bob backfires horribly.
  • Subverted: Bob survives.
  • Double Subverted: The experience is very traumatic for him, though, so he's Driven to Suicide.
  • Parodied: Bob is getting snuggled to death by kittens, who he cowers like a little girl in the presence of.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob suffers an incredibly gruesome death viewed by his entire family, but it later turns out that he's alive. Steve finds him first, though, and shoots him, but the shot missed.
  • Averted: Bob's death is fairly quick and somewhat anti-climactic.
  • Enforced:
    • "I don't think anyone likes Bob. We have to make the audience feel sorry for him somehow."
    • "Okay, it's the grand finale. Steve's a bad dude, right? We've gotta' show that he's really paying for his crimes!"
  • Lampshaded: "Why are villains always doing this to us? It's like they want us to know how evil they are to the very end!"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: "I'm going to enjoy doing this. You know why, Bob? Because I love to hear you scream. Give me one last chance to before our little squabble ends once and for all."
  • Conversed: "I'm not looking forward to this, Alice. You know how villains always torture people while they kill them."
  • Implied: Bob's death is a Gory Discretion Shot, the camera panning to the audience with various looks of terror and disgust.

I watched this blank page have its letters punched into it. Slowly. Letter by letter by letter. How dare you, editor?

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