Playing With: Kill 'em All

Basic Trope: Everyone in the main cast is dead by the time the credits roll.
  • Straight: Alice, Bob, and Catherine all die by the end of the movie.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Every main character in the film is brutally injured in the ending.
  • Justified:
    • Alice, Bob, and Catherine are all killed in a suicide mission, no one had any expectation of them coming back alive anyways.
    • Alternatively, Alice, Bob, and Catherine all have dangerous jobs and the story takes place over a long span of time, thus making their fates inevitable.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice, Bob and Catherine are all sent on the above mission, but no one is killed.
    • Alice, Bob and Catherine die early in the beginning, and the story is about them finding a way back to life.
    • Everybody dies except for Alice, Bob and Catherine.
  • Subverted: Alice, Bob, and Catherine are killed, but they are Only Mostly Dead
  • Double Subverted:But they are Killed Off for Real later on.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: "WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE... just kidding. OMG THERE'S A BOMB... it's turned off. A METEOR IS HEADING FOR EARTH... it missed."
  • Averted: None of them or only one of them die.
  • Enforced: "We're getting to the end of the story, kill them all!"
  • Lampshaded: "OH GOD, WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE! AAAAAAAAA-" *boom*
  • Invoked: A character is an Omnicidal Maniac and said character gets his way.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "Oh please why would I kill you all, I'd have no one to talk to."
  • Discussed: "Is this the part of the movie where we all start to die?"
  • Conversed: "So it's like when they kill characters off one by one before the end of a movie?"
  • Deconstructed: The character thinks through his reasons for killing everyone and decides not to.
  • Reconstructed: The character thinks through his reasons for killing everyone and decides, AWWW YEAH!
  • Played For Laughs: Everyone just suddenly and unexpectedly dies, even when there was no setup and no reason for them to.

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