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->''"A fate WORSE than a fate worse than death? That's pretty bad."''
-->-- '''Edmund Blackadder''', ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth''

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->''"A fate WORSE than a fate worse than death? That's pretty bad.->''"When i'm through with you, you will beg me to allow you to die."''
-->-- '''Edmund Blackadder''', ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth''
-->--'''Count Magnus Lee''', ''Anime/VampireHunterD''



Compare CruelMercy, EmptyShell, ToThePain, ThePunishment, {{Room 101}}, TailorMadePrison, and CoolAndUnusualPunishment. For [[UpToEleven extreme]] examples of this trope, see AndIMustScream. Not to be confused with AFeteWorseThanDeath, though the two can occasionally overlap.

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Compare CruelMercy, EmptyShell, ToThePain, ThePunishment, {{Room 101}}, TailorMadePrison, and CoolAndUnusualPunishment. For [[UpToEleven extreme]] examples of this trope, see AndIMustScream. Not to be confused with JustForFun/NotToBeConfusedWith AFeteWorseThanDeath, though the two can occasionally overlap.


** The TieInNovel ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'' expands on [[spoiler:Prince Hans's backstory]], showing him panicking when the guards drag him to be deported to the Southern Isles without even seeing Anna and Elsa one last time. He's begging to be let go, not wanting to return to the hellhole he was desperately trying to escape from in the first place. Considering the book expands on his role and reveals more about him than the movie did, it's clear to the reader he will suffer far worse treatment [[spoiler:than he has from his family beforehand, [[FreudianExcuse who were already horrible to him.]]]

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** The TieInNovel ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'' expands on [[spoiler:Prince Hans's backstory]], showing him panicking when the guards drag him to be deported to the Southern Isles without even seeing Anna and Elsa one last time. He's begging to be let go, not wanting to return to the hellhole he was desperately trying to escape from in the first place. Considering the book expands on his role and reveals more about him than the movie did, it's clear to the reader he will suffer far worse treatment [[spoiler:than he has from his family beforehand, [[FreudianExcuse who were already horrible to him.]]]]]]]


** The TieInNovel ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'' expands on [[spoiler:Prince Hans's backstory]], showing him panicking when the guards drag him to be deported to the Southern Isles without even seeing Anna and Elsa one last time. He's begging to be let go, not wanting to return to the hellhole he was desperately trying to escape from in the first place. Considering the book expands on his role and reveals more about him than the movie did, it's clear to the reader he will suffer far worse treatment [[spoiler:than he has from his family beforehand, [[FreudianExcuse who were already horrible to him.]]]]

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** The TieInNovel ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'' expands on [[spoiler:Prince Hans's backstory]], showing him panicking when the guards drag him to be deported to the Southern Isles without even seeing Anna and Elsa one last time. He's begging to be let go, not wanting to return to the hellhole he was desperately trying to escape from in the first place. Considering the book expands on his role and reveals more about him than the movie did, it's clear to the reader he will suffer far worse treatment [[spoiler:than he has from his family beforehand, [[FreudianExcuse who were already horrible to him.]]]]]]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': After [[spoiler:Dr. Facilier]] fails to stop Tiana from destroying his blood talisman, his [[EldritchAbomination "friends"]] arrive to claim their debt by dragging him into their realm, something he is clearly ''very'' terrified of. While otherwise karmic considering he was planning this fate for all New Orleans just to save himself, it's still for all intent a man being dragged to hell for ''a mistake he made''.


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* The drawing ''Esto es peor ("This is worse")'' by Creator/FranciscoDeGoya from his ''The Disasters Of War'' shows the body of a mutilated body of a Spanish fighter spiked on a tree, surrounded by the corpses of French soldiers.

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* The drawing ''Esto es peor ("This is worse")'' by Creator/FranciscoDeGoya from his ''The Disasters Of War'' shows the body of a mutilated body of a Spanish fighter spiked on a tree, surrounded by the corpses of French soldiers.


* ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoKajitsu'': Every route in the novel has a bad ending, but only two of them could be clearly considered as worse than death.

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* ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoKajitsu'': ''VisualNovel/TheFruitOfGrisaia'': Every route in the novel has a bad ending, but only two of them could be clearly considered as worse than death.

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* In the Red Robin path in ''WesternAnimation/DCShowcaseBatmanDeathInTheFamily'', [[spoiler:if the viewer has Two-Face's coin come up scarred side, Harvey will let Jason live once Jason tells Harv to kill him already, figuring killing Jason would be mercy and that letting Jason live with the guilt of his actions and failure will be worse.]]


Think death is the cruelest fate? Think again. There are several things much worse: [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]], [[TheThreeCertaintiesInLife taxes]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and tofu]], to name but a few. And more often than not, some unfortunate soul will experience it. Originally, this phrase was used to mean the [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]] of virgins in Gibbon's 1781 work ''Decline and Fall of the [[AncientRome Roman Empire]]'', but now there's [[MindRape even]] [[AndIMustScream worse]] than that.

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Think death is the cruelest fate? Think again. There are several things much worse: [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]], [[TheThreeCertaintiesInLife taxes]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and tofu]], to name but a few. And more often than not, some unfortunate soul will experience it. Originally, this phrase was used to mean the [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]] of virgins in Gibbon's 1781 work ''Decline and Fall of the [[AncientRome Roman Empire]]'', but now there's [[MindRape even]] [[AndIMustScream worse]] than [[TransformationHorror than]] that.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'', [[spoiler:Lord Barkis]] suffers this when he unwittingly drinks the poisoned wine meant for Victor at the latter's wedding and dies. With him no longer living, the dead swarm him and drag him off to an unseen, but certainly unpleasant fate.


Think death is the cruelest fate? Think again. There are several things much worse: [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]], [[TheThreeCertaintiesInLife taxes]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and tofu]], to name but a few. And more often than not, some unfortunate soul will experience it. Originally, this phrase meant [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]], but now there's [[MindRape even]] [[AndIMustScream worse]] than that.

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Think death is the cruelest fate? Think again. There are several things much worse: [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]], [[TheThreeCertaintiesInLife taxes]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and tofu]], to name but a few. And more often than not, some unfortunate soul will experience it. Originally, this phrase meant was used to mean the [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]], rape]] of virgins in Gibbon's 1781 work ''Decline and Fall of the [[AncientRome Roman Empire]]'', but now there's [[MindRape even]] [[AndIMustScream worse]] than that.


* One of the best lines from ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'' is the Genie Jafar's response to being reminded of his inability to kill: "You'd be surprised what you can live through."
** That's the basis of Jafar's EvilPlan, he states that: "It's not enough that we simply destroy Aladdin. After all, there are things so much worse than death." [[spoiler: It's sure is: Aladdin not only learn that he will be executed, but Jasmine, the love of his life, ordered it. Then, a few seconds before the execution, Aladdin realize that the one who ordered it was actually Jafar in disguise. Aladdin nearly died not only knowing that his enemy had returned, but having no idea what the latter did of Jasmine, or what he will do to her afterwards.]]

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* One The ArcWords of the best lines from ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'' is are the Genie Jafar's response to being reminded of his inability to kill: "You'd be surprised what you can live through."
** That's the basis of Jafar's EvilPlan, he states that: "It's not enough that we simply destroy Aladdin. After all, there are things so much worse than death." [[spoiler: It's sure is: Aladdin not only learn learns that he will be executed, but Jasmine, the love of his life, ordered it. Then, a few seconds before the execution, Aladdin realize realizes that the one who ordered it was actually Jafar in disguise. Aladdin nearly died not only knowing that his enemy had returned, but having no idea what the latter did of with Jasmine, or what he will do to her afterwards.]]

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* Philosopher Nick Bostrom classifies [[ApocalypseHow doomsday scenarios]] into four categories. The first two, ”bangs” and “whimpers”, are situations in which everybody dies, the difference being whether it’s instantaneous or drawn-out. But the other two, “crunches” and “shrieks”, are basically fates worse than death for ''all humanity''. Crunches are the less bad of the two, indicating that human culture and scientific knowledge have gone backwards and cannot recover. But shrieks are the worst of all, being when human nature itself has changed to make virtue impossible, but mankind lingers on as some [[TranshumanTreachery posthuman]] [[HumanoidAbomination abomination]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'': [[spoiler:This is the sad fate of Judge Hopkins and the members of his jury after convicting Agatha to death. Agatha placed a curse upon all seven of them, turning them into zombies. Thus, they spend five hundred years suffering with the knowledge of their mistake. Fortunately, Norman is able to understand them and helps to end the curse, freeing them and allowing them to properly pass on to the afterlife- though Hopkins isn’t too pleased about what awaits him.]]

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