Duplicate Trope: Conceive And Kill get usage counts
Deadlock Clock: 30th May 2013 11:59:00 PM

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26 MarqFJA9th Feb 2013 03:51:38 PM from Saudi Arabia , Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
O' Allah, save Egypt
So do we cut it and send it back to YKTTW for refinement?
Ash-shaʻb yurīd isqāṭ ḥukm al-ʻaskar
27 SeptimusHeap9th Feb 2013 03:53:31 PM from Zurich, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
A Wizard boy
No, that's not what is being proposed here. And never recycle something from TRS to YKTTW.

Also, Noa, I still don't have any difference between this page and the other.
28 Noaqiyeum9th Feb 2013 04:37:25 PM from a thought-experiment gone horribly wrong , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The it-thingy
Based on Mr. Nobody's description, I'm assuming that this was intended to be for a recurrent trait of alien species for whom devouring the mate is a natural part of the life cycle (leading to possibly Blue and Orange Morality), whereas Black Widow is for humans who have ulterior motives for the same behaviour.
29 AnotherDuck9th Feb 2013 10:15:09 PM from Stockholm , Relationship Status: In season
No, the other one.
The description is short and not very good, and the examples don't explain much either. I think it needs a whole lot of clarifying in what makes the differences between the two tropes notable in terms of storytelling. I just don't see that here.

Edited. Not sure what I actually wrote there...

edited 10th Feb '13 11:29:32 AM by AnotherDuck

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30 Noaqiyeum10th Feb 2013 11:15:36 AM from a thought-experiment gone horribly wrong , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The it-thingy
Definitely.
31 SeptimusHeap10th Feb 2013 11:17:11 AM from Zurich, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
A Wizard boy
I don't see how that isn't covered by Black Widow.
Piffy
That's because you're conflating the literal spiders and the idiomatic women. Human "black widows", which is what the Black Widow trope is about, have human motivations for killing their husband that only superficially resemble the behaviour of the actual animals who do this. The actual animals that do this kill their mates for decidedly inhuman reasons. One is a trope about a certain kind of serial killer. One is a trope about the actual behaviour of bugs that is sometimes invoked for species that are not bugs.

edited 6th Apr '13 10:51:56 AM by Pig_catapult

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33 SeptimusHeap6th Apr 2013 10:58:46 AM from Zurich, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
A Wizard boy
At best, I'd consider this a subtrope of Black Widow.

34 Noaqiyeum6th Apr 2013 11:27:55 AM from a thought-experiment gone horribly wrong , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The it-thingy
Why?
Piffy
"Black Widow" has a specific idiomatic meaning outside the wiki, which is separate from the actual behavior of some arthropods.
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This seems only to be only mildly related to Black Widow. A Black Widow kills their mate for financial gain. Conceive and Kill is killing your mate as part of the reproductive process or, at most, because the spouse will interfere with whatever plans you have for the child.
37 Noaqiyeum6th Apr 2013 03:13:28 PM from a thought-experiment gone horribly wrong , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The it-thingy
My thoughts exactly.
38 SeptimusHeap6th Apr 2013 03:17:18 PM from Zurich, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
A Wizard boy
Arha, how do you read "Usually" as "Always"?

Or am I just getting sleepy?
I assume you mean the line 'usually but not always for monetary gain.' Personally, I read that as meaning there's always some sort of gain involved like political power, money, assets or any number of things. Reproduction doesn't come into it, only the fact that the partner dies and the woman gets their stuff. Actual biology doesn't really touch on the subject. Conceive and Kill, on the other hand, is about reproducing and then killing the father. This might be part of the life cycle or something. Either way, the reason is different, thus I feel it's a different trope.
40 Willbyr27th May 2013 10:25:49 PM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
With Mod Hat On
Clock is set.
Piffy
I'd like to reiterate that the only two things the literal arthropods and idiomatic women really have in common are the name and a dead husband or three.

Regardless of the precise motive of the idiomatic woman, her motive will always be a human one, and her victim's death may or may not take place during or very soon after sex.

Regardless of the precise motive of the literal arthropod[1], her motive will always be a necessarily inhuman one, and her victim's death will take place during or very soon after sex. (edit: She also usually eats the male, which is known as "sexual cannibalism" according to The Other Wiki)

[1]The female praying mantis, for example, does not like having human voyeurs, and the male praying mantis head turns out to be a great comfort food to deal with that stress.

edited 28th May '13 4:10:27 PM by Pig_catapult

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42 Spark928th May 2013 04:07:41 AM from Castle Wulfenbach , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Gentleman Troper!
If I understand correctly, almost everybody agrees to merge the pages (so do I) and one or two people object. Do we need a crowner for this or can a mod just call it based on the discussion?
Special trousers. Very heroic.
43 SeptimusHeap28th May 2013 04:20:08 AM from Zurich, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
A Wizard boy
Crowner, perhaps? The "No" arguments are reasonable.
44 Willbyr1st Jun 2013 03:31:20 PM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
With Mod Hat On
Single prop crowner's hooked.
45 SeptimusHeap13th Jun 2013 06:11:30 AM from Zurich, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
A Wizard boy
Votes bump! Currently, the merge is at 3-7 in the red.
46 Spark913th Jun 2013 09:11:30 AM from Castle Wulfenbach , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Gentleman Troper!
Hm, we probably should have used a page action crowner for that so that people can make alternative suggestions. Oh well.
Special trousers. Very heroic.
47 kiukiuclk13th Jun 2013 09:42:10 AM from 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693 , Relationship Status: My TiMER is ticking
I say merge. I don't think we need 2 tropes about killing husbands. I would just broaden BW to include all instances of killing a mate for gain. Trying to split it up just seems silly and prone to misuse.
Against. I'd rather we emphasize the differences in the tropes.
49 SeptimusHeap13th Jun 2013 11:35:02 AM from Zurich, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
A Wizard boy
Thumbed it down, but we'll need a tangible distinction between the two so that we can adjust the description of both.
I would make the distinction that a Black Widow marries and kills for some kind of power. Money, political power, position, to conceive an heir and rule indirectly, whatever. It all comes to the same thing: A human motive based in greed or lust for power. Conceive and Kill, however, would be more of an alien creature life cycle thing. It's not done for any sort of material gain but simply because that's how the species works.

edited 13th Jun '13 11:51:07 AM by Arha

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1st Jun '13 7:08:33 AM
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