Playing With / Never Say "Die"

Basic Trope: Words related to death are avoided.
  • Straight:
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob's entrails are violently ripped from his body and stuffed into his mouth, suffocating him. When his partner Alice is asked what happened to him, she replies "They hurt him."
    • Bob is decapitated by a katana-wielding maniac. Alice says that he was hurt during the fight and Bob is seen recovering in a Hospital later on.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • Despite what it looks like, the character really isn't dead.
    • The character doesn't want to say it in front of a child.
    • The stand-in word for death sounds more devastating than kill (I.E. Destroyed).
    • The character is a creature to whom other terms are more accurate, like 'Deletion' for an A.I. or "stop moving" for an Animate Inanimate Object.
    • Death is an unknown concept since all characters are immortal.
    • Death is a taboo topic in their culture, so euphemisms are always used to refer to it.
    • Considering what happened to Bob, "died" would be kind of an Understatement.
  • Inverted: A character is in a non-fatal condition, but is said to have died.
  • Subverted:
    • The stand-in for death is scarier than a regular death.
    • One character says an obvious substitute for death, and one of the characters then asks "You mean dead?"
    • Saying "destroyed" does not simply imply the person is dead, but that there is Not Enough to Bury.
    • A character was said to have been "sent to the Shadow Realm" in both the dub and the sub.
  • Double Subverted:
    • The obvious substitute turns out to be the real thing.
    • An anime dub said a character was "sent to the Shadow Realm", when the subtitles make it clear that he died. However, it turns out later that said character really was sent to the Shadow Realm, and everyone only thought he had died.
  • Parodied:
    • A character is very clearly about to say the word "die", but looks right at the camera and uses an incredibly obvious workaround.
    • The word "death" and its synonyms are treated like swearing.
    • "Bob is DEEEEEEEEE- STROYED", said Alice in a hysteric fit.
    • Alice says that Bob is fucking destroyed beyond any fucking recognition.
    • No one even uses death in a metaphoric sense, eg, instead of "Dying to meet you" it's now "Sent-to-another-dimension to meet you" or "Dead End" becomes "Defeated End".
    • Every time someone says 'die', it gets bleeped out loudly.
  • Zig Zagged: Death is referred to very rarely, but it just happens, there's no irony or anything to it. Still, they avoid it the rest of the time even though they've done it other times.
  • Averted: People say die when they see someone die.
  • Enforced: The show's demographic may find death too scary.note 
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: "There's a word for what happened to him, but it's not one I'm going to use in front of the children."
  • Exploited: The passcode for the villain's hideout is "die", but our heroes can't say it out loud or show the word on screen, so can't use it.
  • Defied: "Can't you just say he's dead!?"
  • Discussed: "No one around here is ever willing to use the D word."
  • Conversed: "Why can't the guys on that show just admit he died?"
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • Death is explained to older children, but the word isn't used in polite company for benefit of the younger ones.
    • Over the course of the series we get plenty of worldbuilding which explains exactly what "The Next Dimension" is; a Pocket Dimension controlled by the Big Bad which allows him to make himself stronger by draining the life force of those inside. While this plot point only occurs in the dub, it's handled well enough that it causes many fans to prefer the dub over the sub.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice said the word "Dead End" and gets corrected by Bob that it's "Ended End"
  • Played For Drama:
    • The network gets called out by the audience for being too cowardly for not mentioning any references to death.
    • Being sent to "The Next Dimension" or "The Shadow Realm" is outright stated to be a Fate Worse Than Death, heightening the tragedy of a character's demise.

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