: A character kills the friend
of someone he wants revenge on.
- Straight: Jack accidentally killed Tom's wife, so Tom kills Jack's wife.
- Tom kills everyone in Jack's family.
- Jack is dead so Tom kills his family.
- Tom starts killing people indiscriminately, thinking they're probably related to Jack somewhere along the line.
- Jack accidentally ran over Tom's cat, so Tom poisons Jack's dog.
- Tom kills Jack's third cousin twice removed.
- The victims were accomplices, or are wittingly profiting from the original crime.
- They both intended it. No one would expect it if they killed each other's wives.
- Killing Jack isn't an option, for whatever reason.
- Tom is a coward who wouldn't ever dare to confront Jack directly.
- Avenging the Villain
- Tom seduces Jack's wife and she ends up divorcing Jack.
- Harry kills Jack's wife. Tom kills Harry on Jack's behalf because for some reason Jack can't.
- Jack saves Tom's wife, so Tom saves Jack's wife.
- Tom actually wants to eliminate the characters because of a prophecy but without Jack realizing it.
- Tom finally has Jack's wife at gunpoint, but can't bring himself to kill an innocent person.
- Double Subverted:
- On the other hand, he considers the Revenge part of the fun; he could have worked out another way around the Prophecy.
- Even though he hates himself for that, after a few moments of hesitation he shoots her anyway.
- Parodied: Jack's wife is much stronger. Tom gets hospitalized trying to kill her.
- Zig Zagged: ???
- Averted: Tom goes only to the culprit himself.
- Enforced: "We need a reason for Jack to go after Tom, and a Cynicism Catalyst is just the thing.."
- Lampshaded: "Okay, seriously, I'm the one who wronged you, so why are you going after someone else?" "Because death is too good for you."
- Invoked: Tom decides to murder Jack's wife, because he believes that two wrongs make a right.
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: Tom sees and scorns the chance to kill the other character.
- Discussed: Jack feels so guilty he tells his friend Arthur he'd deserve it if Tom killed him. Arthur points out that Tom might go after Jack's wife instead.
- Conversed: ???
- Deconstructed: Tom's plot is foiled — and the saved characters sit about, in a place that Jack stole from Tom, eating food bought with money stolen from Tom, and talk about how much worse Tom was.
- Reconstructed: Then, actually, Tom had no right to the stuff in the first place.
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