Playing With / Shoot the Builder

Basic Trope: Inventor/architect is killed when his work is complete.
  • Straight: Alice asks Bob to build her the deadliest war machine in the world. When his task is finished she has Bob killed to keep secrets of the machine from her enemies.
  • Exaggerated: Alice kills her house decorators after their work is finished.
  • Downplayed: Alice doesn’t kill Bob, but blinds him so that he won't be able to build deadlier war machines for her enemies.
  • Justified: Alice knows her enemies bought Bob’s loyalty.
  • Inverted: Bob kills Alice after he builds the machine.
  • Subverted: Alice imprisons Bob and forces him to invent many other things for her.
  • Double Subverted: Bob runs out of ideas eventually and is slayed.
  • Parodied: Architect is listed as one of the most dangerous professions on the world, along with demon hunter and firefighter.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice kills some of her architects, some are left alone and others are asked to remain in her service, forever.
  • Averted: No architects or inventors are killed after finishing their work.
  • Enforced: "We want Alice to appear ungrateful and dictating. Also, we should kill Bob off."
  • Lampshaded: “I will have to kill Bob after his task is finished if I want to keep my secrets safe.”
  • Invoked: Bob specifically asks Alice to kill him after his work is done.
  • Exploited:
    • Bob wants to die after his life’s work is complete, so he goes working for Alice, queen known for her impressive collection of dead architects.
    • Alice's enemies turn Bob against her by pointing out what happened to her last Chief Engineer.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: “You are not going to be one of these kings who murder architects after their work is complete, are you?”
  • Conversed: “I can bet Bob will end in the crocodile pool after he finishes his task for Alice. Architects always get killed by their employers in movies.”
  • Implied: Alice asks Bob to come to her throne room after his task is complete and comments that her crocodiles are getting hungry. Bob is never seen again.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Because more and more kings murder their architects and inventors, less and less people choose these professions.
    • With the designer dead, there's nobody who knows how to properly maintain the creations, which rapidly fall into disrepair.
    • The Builder's Union that the murdered underling belonged to confronted the client and punished them accordingly, and no architect was killed ever since.
  • Played For Laughs: "Great work on the machine, Bob! However, you are useless anymore. See ya!" *Stab*
  • Played For Drama: The work focuses on Bob, who is struggling with an unpleasant Morton's Fork: Refuse to work for Alice, and be executed, or work for Alice, and be executed once the work is done.

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