@OP: out of spite.
In my experience, the variant "If I can't have her
, no one can" generally occurs in fiction when there's a Love Triangle
between The Hero
, the Tragic Villain
, and the Distressed Damsel
. The villain knows he's lost, knows the hero has not only won the day, but won the heart of their common love interest. As the hero closes in to finish off the villain, the villain plays the only card he has left, taking the damsel as a hostage.
"If I can't have you
, no one can" is
a statement of ownership, it's saying, I'm the only one you have a right to a relationship with. Yeah, barbaric is a pretty decent word for it. In this variant, the Distressed Damsel
and The Hero
are one and the same. The villain wants to have a relationship with the hero, and the hero wants to escape. The villain can't stand the thought of living alone, being miserable, etc., while their love interest goes on to live Happily Ever After
with someone else. They take out their rage on the love interest.
edited 21st Feb '11 12:49:31 PM by FrodoGoofballCoTV