Playing With / Revenge by Proxy

Basic Trope: A character kills the friend or relative of someone he wants revenge on.
  • Straight: Alice accidentally killed Bob's wife, so Bob kills Alice's husband.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob kills everyone in Alice's family.
    • Alice is dead so Bob kills his family.
    • Bob starts killing people indiscriminately, thinking they're probably related to Alice somewhere along the line.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice accidentally ran over Bob's cat, so Bob poisons Alice's dog.
    • Bob kills Alice's third cousin twice removed.
  • Justified:
    • 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 spouses.
    • Killing Alice isn't an option, for whatever reason.
    • Bob is a coward who wouldn't ever dare to confront Alice directly.
    • Bob wants Alice to feel the pain he felt when his wife died.
    • Bob is a sadist who wants to make Alice suffer as much as possible.
  • Inverted:
    • Avenging the Villain.
    • Bob seduces Alice's husband and he ends up divorcing Alice.
    • Charles kills Alice's husband. Bob kills Charles on Alice's behalf because for some reason Alice can't.
    • Alice saves Bob's wife, so Bob saves Alice's husband.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob actually wants to eliminate the characters because of a prophecy but without Alice realizing it.
    • Bob finally has Alice's husband 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 him anyway.
  • Parodied: Alice's husband is much stronger. Bob gets hospitalized trying to kill her.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob goes only to the culprit himself.
  • Enforced: "We need a reason for Alice to go after Bob, 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: Bob decides to murder Alice's husband, because he believes that two wrongs make a right.
  • Exploited: Alice suspects Bob might go after her husband, so she waits with him and when Bob shows up, she defeats, handcuffs him, and locks him up.
  • Defied: Bob sees and scorns the chance to kill the other character.
  • Discussed: Alice feels so guilty she tells her friend Charles she'd deserve it if Bob killed her. Charles points out that Bob might go after Alice's husband instead.
    Bob: The thing about you 'hero types' is that from the very beginning, you're willing to endure harm if it means getting what you want. You're willing to sacrifice yourself if need be, and so I can't truly frighten you with a threat on your life. But what about your family? Do you see them as expendable?
  • Conversed:
    Alice: "Let him go! He has nothing to do with the things between us!"
    Bob: "That's where you're wrong. You took everything away from me, Alice. And now, I aim to return the favor — starting with him!"
  • Deconstructed: Bob's plot is foiled — and the saved characters sit about, in a place that Alice stole from Bob, eating food bought with money stolen from Bob, and talk about how much worse Bob was.
  • Reconstructed: Then again, Bob had no right to the stuff in the first place.

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