Tear Jerker / 1000 Ways to Die

Despite it being a show about death, this show actually averts the trope by showing the victims as jerks and deviants who deserve to die. Then, there are the handful of deaths in which the victims were more-or-less innocent and didn't deserve what was coming to them:

  • #1: Ichi-boned: The story about Serika and Hitoshi, the Twice Shy Japanese couple who died of a heart attack while having sex for the very first time (they were so sexually repressed that they've never experienced an orgasm prior to their being married) after trying several times to consummate their marriage and failing. Being a Tear Jerker (and, according to the narrator, the least horrific and most awesome way to die), it's probably why it's listed as number one on the list.
  • #72: Bowed Out: The story was about a nervous Japanese applicant who hit his prospective boss on the head while bowing, accidentally rupturing an aneurysm in his brain. He didn't even know about his condition, and the fact that he was so nervous make it even sadder.
  • #96: Poi Vey: An Orthodox Jewish rabbi who had a crush on a hula dancer, got rejected by her, and died when he drunkenly stumbled into a Hawaiian torch ceremony. His attempts to woo her were invasive note , but getting burned alive for it is a bit harsh.
  • "#145: Mary-nated": The unfortunate couple who unwittingly hire Mary Mallon aka "Typhoid Mary" as their live-in cook. What makes it saddening is that neither the couple nor Mary were malicious in any way and this was just a series of unfortunate circumstances.
  • #146: Belly'd Up: A belly dancer training for a competition accidentally hangs herself on a moving ceiling fan. Other than leaving the ceiling fan on while practicing, she didn't seem to be a bad person (she even put herself through veterinarian school with her talent). At least she died doing what she loved.
  • #171: Nite Capped: A random man is killed when a group of revellers having a New Years' barbecue several miles away fires a gun into the air. The bullet came down and killed the random man on impact. Made worse that this takes place right before the poor guy is about to score with a cute girl he met at a New Year's party.
  • #196: Radium Girls: Based on a true practice and its horrifying consequences, a group of female workers from the 1920s discover that the radioactive paint that they use for the watches they detail can make skin glow in the dark (one of the workers uses this as glow-in-the-dark Body Paint during sex). Overtime, the radioactive paint gets absorbed in their bodies and causes bone cancer. Some of the girls died; those who survived filed a lawsuit against the company and pushed for better safety standards in the workplace.
  • #208: Semi-cide: Frank, who got cut into two while working on his car at a gas station. Not only his death was among the ugliest in the bunch (and both halves were sent to different hospitals by mistake), but there was nothing that suggested he was a Jerk Ass or anything. Worse still, the story was set up with the viewer thinking that a honeymooning couple who made a pitstop were the ones that were going to die (whether by a gas station explosion or one or both of them getting hit by a car that didn't see them on the road).
  • #232: Nine Inch Nailed: A trio of cleaners at a local dump slack off, deciding that it'd be more fun to roll down a hill in a giant tire with a ramp at the bottom. When one of the men rolls down and hits the ramp, the ramp collapses and exposes two nine-inch framing nails from the ramp that puncture through the tire and sever the man's spinal cord. You may be saying to yourself, "These are the typical idiots that appear on 1000 Ways, so why is this in the Tear Jerker section?" Shortly after, one of the men let's out an anguished Big NO, and cries as he cradled the now-deceased man in his arms, wailing that "he was like a brother to me!" DAMN. Talk about Mood Whiplash... even the narrator shifts from mockery to pity as he sums up the story.
  • #322: The Choke's On You: A little person practices his lame music and comedy routine in front of his girlfriend. She gets fed up with him and whacks him with her purse, causing him to choke to death on his harmonica. He didn't seem like a bad guy; hell, his worst sin was being unfunny; but what truly makes this sad is that the narrator mentioned that his girlfriend got off on controlling and even abusing little people. She suffers no consequences for her actions.
    • She does manage to pull on a blink-and-you'll-miss-it My God, What Have I Done? expression right before the segment ends so maybe she'll change her ways.
  • "#389: Jelly-Belly-ed": The obnoxious girl who scared everyone with a fake shark scare and then dies a painful death after accidentally swallowing an Irikundi jellyfish. She was socially awkward and just wanted attention.
  • #393: Deep Sleep (Walk): A woman sleepwalks off a dock into the water and drowns before she can wake up. Nothing indicated she was a jerk or an idiot note .
  • ''#402: Constriction Accident: An incompetent (and hungover) construction worker accidentally dumps gravel on another worker who's working in a pit. The victim survives the dumping and is not completely buried, but the weight from the gravel on his chest keep his lungs from expanding, eventually asphyxiating him. The construction worker was a man with a family, making his way in the world and putting food on the table. Then he is killed by a careless drunk.
  • #412: Hair Today, Dead Tomorrow: A nudist painter compulsively eats her own hair (a condition known as Trichophagia) has a large trichobozear (hairball) in her stomach from the hair she's ingested over the years, because hair isn't digested and she dies when her stomach rupture from the bozear exceeded her stomach's capacity killing her. The worst this woman did was eat her hair (which she couldn't control because of her trichophagia) and not go to a doctor (the story took place in 1968)
  • #414: Hydrau-licked : YMMV on this one. A man who is a low rider (a sport where you rig the hydraulics of a car to make it bounce) is fixing up his car when he catches someone eyeballing his girlfriend. (of whom he's overprotective of) While going out to confront the man, a nut pops off his car. After winning, a large coil (which was loose after the nut popped off) hits him and causes the other car to bounce on him until he dies. Sure, he should've checked his car again, but that was really small and it popped off when he wasn't looking. Other than that the worst he did was be overprotective of his girlfriend, which isn't uncommon for guys to do sometimes. The doctor said it wasn't a good way to go (suggesting he felt the whole thing) And to top it all off everyone watching went to check if he was okay and his girlfriend started crying after he died. He wasn't the nicest guy, but he wasn't nearly as bad as most other victims on the show and having a car bounce on him to death was pretty harsh.
  • #444: Deadliest Munch: A lesbian chokes to death on her lover's edible G-string. Neither was a particularly bad person (the worst thing either of the girls did was ruin dinner by leaving the roast in the oven for too long, and she wasn't even the one who died).
  • #496: Recept-shunned: A Jerkass wedding singer ruins a wedding reception, and in a freak accident (the groom gets up to confront him, the best man tries to stop him, the groom shoves the best man out of his way, and the best man hits the microphone stand as he falls) gets his microphone stuck in his throat, causing him to choke to death. What makes this one sad isn't the victim, since he had it coming, but everyone else. The wedding is absolutely ruined, before and after the death, but because the groom caused the death by assaulting the best man, he's technically guilty of manslaughter. So basically, the newlyweds got robbed of a proper wedding and now one of them will be going to prison.
  • #518: Jake-N-Baked: A metal worker who suffered from narcolepsy and ended up sleeping inside a curing oven and getting burned to death. Other than constantly falling asleep in unusual places (like the bathroom or at his work station), he seemed like a pretty okay guy.
  • #534: Chucked Up: In an attempt to spice up her and her husband's sex life, a housewife tapes her mouth shut and handcuffs herself to a chair while her husband watches via webcam from work. However, before the husband can leave for home, a burglar breaks in, and makes off with some valuables (including the laptop she was streaming from), but leaves her unharmed... until he mockingly thanks her for making his job easier, unwittingly causing her to vomit after he leaves as a result of his particularly bad breath. With her mouth taped shut and no way to remove it, she chokes to death on her own vomit before her husband (who helplessly witnessed the burglary through the webcam) gets home. What started as completely innocent foreplay turns absolutely tragic by no fault of the victim or her husband (both of whom, in their depictions, seemed like decent folk), and was completely unintentional on the part of the guilty party, and worst of all she gets one of the slower, agonizing deaths in the series.
  • #595: Wedding Crasher: Perry, an angry drunken man, attends his ex-girlfriend Carla's wedding to an older, wealthy man. When Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace is spoken, he stands up and rants at Carla, stripping down in the process, before turning and running through what he thinks is a door. It's a glass window. What makes this sad? When he dies, Carla breaks into what looks for all the world like genuine tears of anguish. And then the priest gives him last rites. Even disruptive jerkasses have people who care about them.
  • #622: Brain Worms: A young dating couple end up in hospital after the boyfriend, having convinced the girl that he was a skilled chef, makes a salad with live snails (under the guise that they were prepared like Escargot). What they didn't know is that the snails contained a parasite that worked its way through their circulation and eventually got into their brain matter, slowly killing them. Just before they die, the man reveals that he was gay and only wanted her because she "had the chest of a 12-year-old boy". Their final words before braindeath are how much they hate each other.
  • #630: Ex'd Ex: A couple enjoying a hay ride are surprised by a stalking ex dressed as an ax murderer. The new boyfriend pushes him off, and he gets crushed by the tractor's wheels. What makes this sad? When the new boyfriend pulls the attacker's ski mask off, he and his girlfriend are horrified that it was their old friend. The girlfriend bursts into tears and the boyfriend hugs and comforts her.
    • This gets even worse when you realize the boyfriend technically committed murder (or at very least manslaughter) and has ruined both of their lives in an instant. The guy, if he turns himself in, will likely spend the rest of his life in jail and the girl will likely be mentally scarred.
  • #645: Amish-Tinguished: It features Jebediah, a Na´ve Newcomer in his Rumspringa, gets caught in the middle of Halloween celebrations, met a hot girl, and seems to be having a good time... only to get drunk and die for it for something that was completely out of his reach (being born without an enzyme that processes alcohol, making the chemical act like literal poison when ingested). Poor dude!
  • #657: Dead Heat: An asthma sufferer ends up triggering an asthma attack when his girlfriend forces him to smell her spicy cooking. The only thing we see him do wrong is hide his asthma from his girlfriend because he's worried it'll make him seem weak, but he DOES keep an inhaler on him at all times. Of course, since somebody has to die in this story, his inhaler runs dry after multiple uses that evening, leaving him with no means to stop his asthma attack and resulting in him dropping dead on the kitchen floor. To top it off, the girlfriend is shown absolutely devastated.
  • #710: Tanked Girl: After making an emergency swim back to the surface, a scuba diver's body explodes after a careless maintenance worker does not check if she's in the room, and ups the pressure in the room. The woman seemed to actually care about her health, mentioning that she would prefer to do nothing in the chamber than risk her life by going outside, and the worker is not portrayed as an idiot like usual.
  • #734: Die It: This overweight young woman has tried and failed at so many diets just to get skinnier, she ends up resorting to consuming a tapeworm and finally fit into a size 4 dress...at her funeral. It wasn't the smartest move but the fact that there are many people, especially young women, that go to extreme measures to lose weight this seems very acute.
  • "#818: Fright-Mare": A poor woman with a history of suffering night terrors dies of SUNDS in her sleep while dreaming that a goblin is strangling her to death; in real real life, her heart began beating arrhythmically and suddenly stopped, causing her to suffocate. Not the nicest way to go.
  • #832: Lesbocution: A young woman who has been in a string of bad relationships with men gets up the nerve to go on a date with a female friend. As she and her date step out of a club that evening, she stops at a crosswalk to remove her uncomfortable high heels and accidentally steps on an exposed electric wire in her bare feet, dying instantly. Going barefoot on the city streets isn't the brightest of ideas, but she was young and had only just found a chance at real happiness. Moreover, she died because of someone else's negligence.
  • "#239: Crib Your Enthusiasm": An innocent man who just happens to be an infantilist ends up dying by complete accident when the drop gate of his adult sized crib severes his spinal cord. While the guy had an interest that wasn't commonplace and could be perceived in a bad way due to common misconceptions, he was completely inoccent, the worst thing he did was throw a fake temper tantrum. It's made even worse when you already have a bit of knowledge on the whole subculture, he could not control his interests and probably struggled to come to terms with them. When he finally finds a nice woman with similar interests and builds himself a nursery, he is almost immediately killed by something neither of them knew would happen.
    • Made even worse by the narrator's attitude towards poor Barnaby. He talks about the man as if he were a complete and utter freak, and seems to be a bit more condescending, and even downright cruel in the way he mocks the poor man's interests.
  • "#913: Dead Meat-Eorite": A young man goes to a party to talk to people about Christianity. Granted a party probably isn't the best place to talk about that sort of stuff, something the narrator even lampshaded, he wasn't a jerkass about it. He definitely didn't deserve be hit in the chest by a meteor. It's made all the worse by the narrator, who just treats it like any other jerkass or dumbass getting killed.
  • 505: Verminated. An escaped convict runs into a sewer pipe to escape from the officers chasing after him. He crawls further in, until it gets too narrow and he gets stuck. He may have been a criminal, but it's hard not to feel a little bit sorry for him when he starts desperately calling for help and apologizing, before eventually breaking down crying because he's so terrified. And then he dies horrendously and painfully, eaten alive by a swarm of rats while screaming in terror...
  • #1000: Premature Endings: Much like "Ichiboned," this segment featured a death that wasn't caused by stupidity or accident or a freak medical condition. The death was an elderly man (seen as a caring, hard-working, and faithful man to his family and friends) dying peacefully in his sleep while his adult daughter stayed by his bedside, sad that he's about to die, but understanding that he's been sick for a while, he's lived a rich and full life, and it's his time to go. As he dies, the narrator notes that the show, as a whole, is more than just a lurid docu-fiction on strange and brutal deaths; it's a show about how to live, summed up in this Aesop: You can either end up like the idiots, freaks, and JerkAsses in the hospital waiting room (or, worse, like all of the people who have died in past episodes) and end up as a 1000 Ways to Die story, or you can just watch the show as entertainment, try and live a good life where you use your common sense and brains, and get rewarded by dying of natural causes with your family and friends at your side. Considering the show's content, that's pretty deep.

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