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  • Many in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, but especially anyone killed by the Gundam Gusion or Barbatos' giant scissors or wrench mace. Not only do they get bludgeoned horribly, they also get crushed. Alive. Inside the cockpits of their own mobile suits.
  • Angel Sanctuary has this be the death resulting from the highest and worst punishment an angel can receive: Wing-Dropping. It involves chopping off the angel's wings, which serve as the angel's immune system. With them gone and leaving behind open wounds, the angel is helplessly subjected to any virus and all bacteria in the world. They become infected and slowly rot from the inside out.
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  • Hamatora is full of these. Its main antagonist Moral killed several people to rob them of their brains. He also places a bomb inside of one the people he wanted by his side. The same bomb explodes in season 1's finale covering everybody in the area with the victim's blood. In the sequel, Re: Hamatora, a man is given the ability of removing the blood from people's bodies.
  • The Getter Robo series has numerous examples of such deaths. From people being assimilated forcibly by Invaders and then getting pulped by the Black Getter to unsuccessful Getter pilots who get crushed by failed combination attempts, there are many, many unpleasent ways to go. Even the villains aren't exempt - Invaders are subject to so much Getter radiation they spontaneously "over-evolve", develop cancer, and die, Dinosaur Empire warriors melt from exposure to Getter Radiation at various points, and various major enemies are destroyed in quite wince-worthy ways when they pick fights with the Getters. The most notable cruel and unusual death in the series was Musashi's, as he melts in the cockpit during his last stand.
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  • In Inuyashiki, Hiro kills a whole family just for entertainment, especially a young boy that was taking a bath with his father by letting him drowning to death under the corpse of his father despite the sacrifice thereof to try to spare him.
  • Illuso being liquefied by Purple Haze's extremely fast-acting virus in Jojos Bizarre Adventure.
    • In the OVA, Iggy is cut in half by Vanilla Ice, who himself is then stabbed multiple times before having his head cut in half.
    • Jojos Bizarre Adventure from Part 3 onward is in fact the glorious displays of so many bizarre deaths due to the very different functions of the enemies' Stands. In Stardust Crusaders alone, you may either get killed by having your tongue cut clean in half, by a ship's hook dropping on your face, by getting killed in a dream world, by getting beheaded and stuffed into a canteen, by losing in a gamble or a videogame, by being blown up and eaten at the same time, etc.
      • Not that Parts 1 and 2 were any less gruesome: being possessed through the eyes and turned into a giant obese blob monster, melting to death, getting frozen and shattered, being shot to death by bullets fired at an immortal vampire, getting half of you absorbed, being crushed to death after suffering a bunch of cuts from your own attack, getting torn in half by a chain around your waist, and other gruesome deaths were all in those parts. Part 3 and the others onward are just more creative about it.
  • Jujutsu Kaisen has these examples:
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    • In Chapter 6, some of the students from Eishuu Reformatory School are brutally murdered and parts of their bodies are crushed.
    • In chapter 18, three high school students are found dead in a cinema, with their body parts deformed by a cursed spirit. A little bit subverted, however, as those three students are actually experiencing a Fate Worse than Death condition where their bodies are completely deformed but their consciousnesses are still alive.
    • In chapter 27, Yuuji's friend, Junpei, is turned into a blob-like creature by a curse named Mahito, much to Yuuji's disgust and anger.
  • An anime/manga franchise well known for some gruesome ways to go is Fist of the North Star. The main character's mastery of pressure points due to being trained in the horrifying kung fu form known as Hokuto Shinken means a punch in the right place can make your blood pool in disfiguring ways, causing you to scream in agony before Your Head Asplode. Other schools of martial arts in the series can be gruesome in other ways: such as being able to freely push your fingers through people (which was how Kenshiro got the Seven Scars), or using them like Razor Floss.
    • Special mentions go to Ryuga, whose martial arts style consists of scooping pieces out of people while they are still alive as though they were wet clay and making them suffer freezing cold before they die even though the series takes place in a post-apocalyptic desert, and the Colonel of Godland, who receives one of the most absurdly gruesome deaths in the manga when Kenshiro literally punches his entire skeleton out of him. All at once, still all in one piece.
    • The biggest example of this in the series, though, is Rei. He's the only hero to not leave a presentable corpse, on account of being killed by Raoh, who is just as deadly with Hokuto Shinken as Kenshiro himself. The manner in which he dies is also gruesome and inhumane; forcing all of the blood in his body to hemorrhage after three days, leaving him to dread his impending mortality.
  • Bleach:
    • Mayuri kills Szayel via this trope. Szayel accidentally ingests a performance-enhancing drug during the fight. This increases mental processes so far that a second is like century. Mayuri spends a few minutes explaining this and slowly impales Szayel, who is standing there the entire time, unable to do anything but fervently wish for death to come faster. When he finally does die, in his mind he is a shrivelled old man driven mad by the pain and begging for death.
    • The Quincy King is a progenitor whose blood flows through every Quincy. Whenever he wants to make himself stronger, he performs a ritual to easily recall the power of his blood back from any Quincy, permanently de-powering and even killing them. Six years before the story begins, on the 17th June, all tainted Quincies in the world are murdered by this ritual, including Masaki (Ichigo's mother) and Kanae (Uryuu's mother). Masaki dies quickly because she's de-powered during a fight but Kanae lapses into a coma. It takes her three months to die.
    • The Quincy, As Nodt, kills his victims by impaling them on hovering spikes, which paralyze them with an effect of intense, paralyzing terror. The fear it induces is actually powerful enough to kill most victims outright.
  • Naruto has several cases of nasty death, including...
    • Being ground to a paste by Gaara's sand and being trapped inside the puppet that suddenly becomes an iron maiden.
    • Hidan was blown to pieces and had his disembodied but still-living head buried.
    • And we have his partner, Kakuzu who had every cell of his body destroyed. Kakuzu himself also caused deaths like this when he ripped people's still beating hearts out.
    • Baki ripped off the sick Hayate Gekkou's chest at night-time. In the morning, his dead body was serving as food for crows.
    • The Nuibari and Shibuki which the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist use. The first is a giant needle which can pierce three people at once and then sew them together. And the second blasts a point-blank explosion right into the victim's faces.
    • Deidara's C4 will blow every cell in your body to dust.
    • His first partner Sasori; one cut and it will causes you to writhe in a painful paralysis for THREE DAYS before killing you.
    • Edo Tensei, judging by Fuu's screams is... "unpleasant" for the sacrifice.
    • While Tajiki was battling a reanimated Gari, he took a single punch from him, which turned out to be an instant bomb, blowing him up and scattering his remains in his friend's face.
  • This trope is the entire basis and foundation of Violence Jack, both anime and manga.
  • In End of Evangelion, Asuka and her EVA die messily at the hands of the Mass-Production EVA. At 300% synchronisation with her EVA (100% the level control and feedback one has with one's own body) she is impaled through the eye. Then all the Mass-Production EVA swoop down on Unit 02, tearing its armour off and tearing at its flesh with their hands and teeth, eating it alive and consequently rupturing her vital organs in unimaginable ways. When they're finished with her, Asuka is amazingly still alive. She reaches out to attack them with her good hand, glaring them down with her uninjured eye. Then an MP EVA throws its spear and splits Unit 02's arm... and Asuka's... and then the others throw throw their spears into Unit 02, skewering the hell out of it and finishing her off. Shinji gets a good look at the corpse when he emerges from NERV HQ in Unit 01. There's not much left... of Unit 02, Asuka, or poor Shinji's sanity by that point.
    • Oh, and did we mention Shinji's horrible, insane scream as he sees it? Spike Spencer's scream is bad enough, but it's worse with the Japanese dub — Megumi Ogata broke her voice doing it, I'm sure of it.
    • Evangelion Unit 03 is in each continuity beaten down and ripped apart by the Dummy Plug System controlling Unit 01 whilst Shinji begs his father to stop it. In the manga, the synced-in pilot gets it too — that would be Touji. In the anime, he's merely horribly wounded - though you can only see it in one scene (he's missing a leg).
  • Hellsing in general loves this trope, with most of the more horrific deaths being courtesy of Alucard himself:
    • Rip Van Winkle is impaled through her breast with her own large-caliber smoothbore musket by Alucard and then eaten alive (plus the rather brutal rape implications).
    • Tubalcain Alhambra gets his knee smashed to smithereens, one arm split in half lengthwise, and is finally eaten alive and burned to ashes.
    • Luke Valentine is eaten alive and turned into a bloody smear by Alucard's Eldritch Abomination form after his legs are blown off.
      • If that wasn't enough, Luke gets revived during the final battle between Walter and Alucard, only to be used (along with the demonic dog that ate him) as a gruesome puppet via Walter's wires- then killed again.
    • Zorin Blitz, an illusionist from the Quirky Miniboss Squad, has her head grated against a wall by a vamped-out and supremely pissed off Seras until only an ear and a tiny bit of lower jaw remains.
    • And Incognito of the first anime series gets the full Vlad the Impaler treatment from Alucard, getting impaled on a pole in vicious fashion just like the real Vlad did to his victims - namely into the groin and out the mouth.
  • Digimon Adventure has War Greymon and Metal Garurumon defeat Myotismon a second but ''not'' final time by tearing up the crotch, kicking the Fuji tower into it, and finally simultaneously freezing and burning up the torn area.
    • The first Dark Master, MetalSeadramon, gets drilled through nostril-down by War Greymon.
  • Gantz has Nishi's first death. Coupled with a touch of Eye Scream and a lot of Tear Jerker.
  • Macross Plus: Movie Edition has Guld's Heroic Sacrifice. His organs are very graphically crushed by insane G-forces, and then his eyes pop out and he presumably just gives up and dies.
  • Many deaths in Detective Conan are seriously unpleasant.
    • There's the Rich Bitch who was gagged and taped up inside a very deep bath tub... and left there covered with a wooden cover... as it very, VERY slowly got filled with water... therefore dying in an improvised Drowning Pit in the span of hours.
    • There were two victims who were stabbed in the lungs and left to die. Just an FYI: it takes several minutes to die of asphyxiation. The first victim who died in this manner was still conscious from the attack and the weapon was a knife. The second had a pin puncture.
    • The very first episode had the principle second victim have his head decapitated by a combination of piano wire and a falling roller coaster.
    • A victim committed suicide by willfully launching himself into a knife wedged inside an ice block.
    • How about getting slashed and then impaled on a painting by a knight in shining armor. Best part? The murderer was a freaking 80 year old museum owner. How the hell did he carry that BFS?
    • At some point a fake wig was used as a means of strangulation.
    • Shinichi's first case was the iconic example of the trend of impossibly unintuitive murder weapons (severed brain nerve from being stabbed by a sharpened bra wire).
    • One victim was decapitated (head and other limbs) and the murderer actually had the gall to transport the severed limbs as his trick to avoid suspicion.
    • Freefalling from a high story hotel room and then impaled by the lance fixture on a horse statue - thank goodness the guy was drugged asleep.
    • What's worse then getting stabbed with a pen in your wrist? Falling into a sharpened picket fence.
    • Instead of hanging someone normally, one murderer had to go and wrap the rope with gagging paper around the victim's mouth so that when he could not hold the bite grip anymore, his teeth got ripped open.
    • A guy got smashed by a tampered truck.
    • One victim was offered a eating treat and he got a bullet through the mouth instead.
    • Using an insane complicated rope system, the murderer tripped the victim and the momentum caused him to be dragged through a bunch of obstacles before being hanged high above a Buddhist pagoda.
    • One guy died of a PURE heart attack - no electric shock, no induced poisons, the victim had a poor heart condition and so was literally bound and gagged. To add insult to injury, the murderer spilled his heart medicine in front of him and just waited for him to die.
    • Throat slit by a box cutter blade - or an extremely sharpened fingernail.
    • Potassium Cyanide - BORING!! Okay, how about we introduce it as ice cubes?
    • A molotov cocktail made out of garden fertilizer - if the blast hadn't killed him, the shrapnel would have finished him off.
    • Very suave to get crushed by a chandelier, or a steel beam for that matter.
    • Tricking the asshole victim to shoot himself in the head from point blank range.
    • Snapping a neck with a clothes hanger and later silk threads in a slingshot mechanism.
    • Your everyday bike machine is attached to a string tied to a bookcase with a knife jammed inside a book at the top of said shelf.
    • A poison needle embedded inside a headphone set - enjoy your last song!
    • Instead of shooting someone with a bullet, attach that fired bullet inside a bed mattress and use its springs to create a giant crossbow machine - wait for victim to take a peek.
    • Trapped in a locked car with carbon monoxide exhaust pouring inside.
    • Wrapped in a net with a boat placed on top of you as the shore tide ebbs in to drown you.
    • Such a lovely pearl necklace - too bad it's attached to a raising curtain...
    • A victim gets bludgeoned in the head and is cremated by a bomb in the shape of a match lighter.
    • Victim was set in a time trap where a concrete pile driver would cave his face in (subverted).
    • Chinese Bamboo Torture is insane: so is being hanged by one growing so quickly.
    • Send a tied body down a waterfall with rope around neck for epic hanging display.
    • Getting choked by fishing line in a driver's seat.
  • When They Cry
    • Higurashi: When They Cry: A large number of deaths happen in ways that are virtually indescribable.
    • Its sequel, Umineko: When They Cry, is even more sadistic.
      • Four words: Happy Halloween for Maria. If you for some reason want a more detailed explanation: The first twilight of the second arc resulted in six people (Maria's uncles and aunts: Krauss, Natsuhi, Eva, Hideyoshi, Kyrie and Rudolf) locked in the chapel, arranged around a table elaborately spread with a Halloween feast. Their stomachs were ripped open and stuffed full of delicious candy, and the aforementioned note to the resident Creepy Child was scrawled on the door in blood. It was so gory the Japanese TV networks had to censor it.
      • The very premise is that Beatrice plans to keep killing the same people over and over in new and interesting ways until she can make Battler surrender, but in the third round the new Beatrice gets impatient and starts reviving people as soon as she's killed them just so she can find another few dozen ways to do it again.
      • The time when another witch, Eva-Beatrice, decided to join the "let's kill people gruesomely over and over" game. Her victims? Maria and her mother Rosa, who get to fly (and then fall to their deaths), drown in jelly, and get crushed by a giant cake. It was in such bad taste that even Beatrice was all "What the...?". The Visual Novel had a few more deaths: being turned into a butterfly and eaten by a spider, falling into a pot of boiling chocolate, and getting baked inside an oven.
  • In Black Lagoon, there's what Hansel and Gretel did to Makhalov, some poor bastard from Hotel Moscow. They started hammering nails into poor Makhalov's head when he was still alive, and just didn't stop when he died from it because his body still responded to it due to spinal reflex, which amused the Creepy Twins greatly. This act is so vile that even members of the local Mafia didn't like it.
    • Balalaika, said poor bastard's leader (to whom he kept calling out in his last moments), went Mama Bear on the twins and dealt one of these to Hansel... by having his arm and leg blown off by one of her snipers as punishment, then having him bleed to death as she gave him a Breaking Speech. Gretel's own death (merely being shot in the head when she thought she had pulled a Karma Houdini) was fast and painless in comparison.
    • Later on, in the Japan arc, Chaka meets a horrible fate, with his hands cut off by Ginji's shirasaya blade, he's shoved into a pool and held under to drown. He did have it coming...
  • In Elfen Lied, Lucy/Nyu/Kaede uses her powers too much, with the predicted results of her body cells starting to disintegrate. Though the effect becomes apparent when one of her hands falls off, she decides to go down in a final battle than to live with the consequences of all her horrible deeds. When she finally gave up, what remained of her was only held in the air by her telekinetic powers with most of her body already liquefied or fallen off. During her dying speech she's covered by a jacket, as her face had started melting some time ago.
    • But seriously, which death sequence isn't cruel and unusual in Elfen Lied? Kisaragi-san (the poor clumsy secretary who's Too Dumb to Live) thinks she's going to die honorably when Lucy has her hostage... before Lucy pulls off her head and uses her as a Human Shield.
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  • Sieg Hart from Rave Master who slowly starves to death and could have avoided the situation by opting out of helping the male and female lead. He's the only character who appears in more than just flashbacks to die in any way other than instantly, and the only former villain to die who doesn't really count as a Redemption Equals Death victim, since he redeems himself 19 volumes before he bites it.
  • Dragon Ball: Temporary though they may be, many of the deaths in the series, especially in Dragon Ball Z, are cruel and unusual:
    • When Frieza murders Krillin he captures him inside a beam and controls his movements with his fingers, ending in him causing Krillin's body to inflate then explode into tiny pieces. He then threatens to do the same to Gohan, crossing the line that sends Papa Wolf Goku into Super Saiyan.
    • His own death at the hands of Future Trunks is by no means pretty, for he was sliced in half lengthwise, sliced into itty bitty pieces and then blasted into oblivion. Justified though but sheesh.
    • The standard death in the series consists people being vaporized, Cell’s death provides a horrifying visual of what happens to the victim.
    • The assistant of the guy who shot Bee. His death is by far one of the worst deaths in the show's history. Buu turns himself into ooze and forces himself down the man's throat and expands inside him till he explodes.
    • Before that, there was Spopovitch, whose death was especially gruesome. After Babidi no longer had any use for him he cast a spell on Spopovitch that caused his body to graphically swell up until he splattered apart. His distorted screams, bulging eyes and gurgles of agony only made it worse. But given that he had previously inflicted heinous Cold-Blooded Torture upon a teenage girl, it's hard to feel sorry for him.
    • While we don't see exactly how he killed them, Babidi's ship is surrounded by the corpses of civilians. One memorable example was a dead farming family; the father had his arm torn off and head cut open, the child had apparently been bludgeoned to death, and the wife was bisected at the waste, with her intestines hanging out. Adding to this is that her legs aren't visible in the shot despite clearly being recently and messily separated, implying she survived long enough after decapitation to crawl away towards the corpses of her son and husband.
    • Babidi himself is grabbed by the throat by Buu, who squeezes hard enough that Babidi can't even speak while Buu carefully explains how screwed he is, and then has his head punched off. But it's not a clean energy blast decapitation/disintegration like many others in the series. Instead, Buu's fist simply obliterates the guy's skull, sending fragments of brain matter flying everywhere. We're then treated to a shot of his headless body, gushing blood from the neck and twitching in the torso and arms, implying that even after the decapitation Babidi was still alive like a headless chicken. After laughing a bit at his work, Buu then tosses the body into the air and finishes him off with a ki blast.
    • All the people sucked dry by Cell. Or in 17's case, swallowed whole.
    • ‘’All’’ the people on planets during its destruction.
    • Getting Hakai by a God of Destrcution, shows the victim being slowly disintegrated down to their soul.
  • As Kemonozume can attest, turning into an Eldritch Abomination then getting eaten alive (on-screen) by the nice young woman you had helped out is not the nicest way to go.
  • School Days pulls this on two of its lead characters in the last episode of the anime. First, Makoto is viciously stabbed to death by Sekai in a fit of jealousy. Then, Kotonoha confronts Sekai, having taken Makoto's head and stuffed it in a bag, and calls out Sekai's claim of being pregnant with Makoto's child before slashing her throat, then cutting her open to confirm that she's "empty inside".
  • While the manner of deaths in Kindaichi Case Files lessen in cruel category over the years, Murders Committed by Inspector Kenmochi is made in order to bring suffering for the victims. Three potential victims in this case committed violent tortures on a high school girl for a month three years prior to the case. The culprit who now target those three used several torturin methods they used as their manners of death. One victim was tied by tape inside a bathtub with filling water whose trick is even more of a torture because the water keeps flowing and the drain is unplugged until the murderer made it plugged from the distance (torture by drowning), another one was burned alive from a car explosion (the manga is more cruel by showing the victim actually jumping out from the car, rolling and writhing in agony asking for help, also torture by fire) and another one suffering a slow asphyxiation from hanging with his hands tied on the back (torture by hanging).
  • Norio from Narutaru was crippled by having his tendons cut, then was raped, castrated, eviscerated, injected with drugs to make sure he don't slip away by losing consciousness and finally decapitated, all done by a thug that had no relation to the plot and killed Norio for no other reason than satisfying his sadistic urges. And to top it off Norio could defend himself from most of that if only he had recalled his Shadow Dragon back to his side, instead throughout all the agony inflicted upon him he was concentrating on making that Shadow Dragon defend the girl who was the love interest of the guy he was in love with and his last thoughts before his death were that he won't be able to tell his love interest his true feelings anymore.
  • Baccano!: Claire Stanfield is angry and in need of information when a Smug Snake mook shows up wearing a very familiar uniform. So he subjects the guy to a brutal "interrogation" session involving his limbs and a set of railroad tracks. And when Claire finds out who the guy is and just how he got the uniform (and from who)...let's just say how he deals with the bastard is anything but pretty.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, the first Greed dies in a vat of molten metal. Laughing hysterically.
    • Scar's trademark Facepalm Of Doom. He uses alchemy to "deconstruct" a person's body, causing wounds to open up all over the body, followed by part of the body bloodily bursting. A few of his victims are described as being "in pieces, or getting that way."
    • Lust and Envy learn the hard way why you shouldn't piss off Roy Mustang. Though the latter was stopped for being killed finally.
      • Envy's treatment is far worse. While Lust is merely hit with walls of flames until she dies, Envy has a rightfully pissed Mustang specifically targets different parts of his body with pinpointed explosions, and even has the fluid in his eyes boiled before he commits suicide.
  • Saint Seiya has more than one example of this trope. Auriga Capella's death is one of these... His Weapon of Choice is a pair of shields attached to his armor, which can be also thrown as projectiles and always come back to him - so far so good, huh? Well, Phoenix Ikki uses his Mind Rape powers to trick the guy into cutting off his own hands with said disks/shields (on screen, no Gory Discretion Shot here... which considering this is a TV series of The '80s... hardcore for the day), and goes further when Capella ends up even more Hoist by His Own Petard by having said shields fatally injure him in the chest and stomach before he falls off the cliff him and Ikki fighting in. AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!! URGH.
  • The Legend of the Legendary Heroes is full of these, enough to make some viewers wonder if anyone dies normally in this series.
  • Mami Tomoe is eaten alive by a monstered-out Witch in the third episode of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. It's a moment that's equal parts Cruel and Unusual Death, nightmarish, and Tear Jerker. And the manga version isn't much better.
    • The Puella Magi Oriko Magica manga deals several of these, like Yuma's abusive parents being melted alive by a witch, sweet Kazuko-sensei being chomped on by another witch's familiars in front of her students until only a bone remains of her, or Madoka being impaled in the chest with a HUGE shard of said another witch's body.
  • In Gankutsuou, corrupt banker Dangler is left adrift in space on an empty ship he can't steer to starve to death surrounded by his precious gold. Hanging Judge Villefort is poisoned by the illegitimate son he tried to kill at birth, and left for his mind to slowly rot away in an asylum.
  • In One Piece:
    • Admiral Akainu decides to punish a deserter by melting him alive with Magma; offscreen though it may be, the event is still very disturbing. He also drives a magma-punch through Ace, burning his innards.
    • Big Mom's Establishing Character Moment has her eat some of her henchmen alive. We're mercifully spared from seeing the event, but the screams are terrifying enough. Not to mention the heavy and very disturbing implication that she ate her caretaker Mother Carmel and the children Carmel was also taking care of at the age of six, in a flashback to her past. Finally, those she doesn't eat or maul tend to instead get their lifespans literally ripped out by her Devil Fruit power, which is shown in rather unnerving detail when she kills Moscato in this manner. And that's not mentioning some of her kids, who enjoy such methods of execution as "mochi suffocation", "encased in candy that slowly converts you into more candy and then eaten" and "slowly burned alive by whipped cream so sweet it's caustic".
  • Blood-C: Chances are if your name isn't Saya or Fumito this is your fate, Elder Bairn or not. Humans, however, often get the worst due to their inability to stand up to the Elder Bairns. Special mentions go to Saya's class, the main cast and Nene.
  • There are quite a few in Kara no Kyoukai, but the worst has got to be Cornelius Alba, who is eaten alive by one of Touko's creations. He deserved it, though.
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex features a fair number of these. Special mention goes to episode 10, especially when you consider the original reason behind it.
  • In Gamaran, Muraku Matsumoto use his flail to whip the eyes out of some mooks. There's also Saizo the ninja who paralyse and tortures to death some goons offscreen. Among various things, he turned their eyes into a pincushion.
  • A Certain Magical Index: Chances are if you fight Accelerator and your name is not Touma, expect this trope. Case in point: one guy Accelerator especially hated was launched into the sky at such speeds that his body was incinerated due to air friction. He's also done fun things like shooting a person's jaw off at point-blank range and then throwing them in a hydraulic press just to be cruel, or reversing the bloodflow in his victim (read, all the blood rips itself right through the skin). In his fight against Touma, he was similarly going for a flashy death: compressing air into plasma with the intention of throwing it at Touma.
  • Karasu from Yu Yu Hakusho inflicts one of these on another competitor in the Dark Tournament, causing localized explosions to remove his opponent's arms in an excruciatingly painful manner, before blowing his head off.
    • Around the time of the Dark Tournament, Kurama begins favoring slipping the seeds of magical plants into his opponents bodies and letting them die when the plant starts tearing through their bodies and draining their energy.
  • In From the New World, whenever Fiends/Akki attack expect this trope.
  • In Attack on Titan, characters are under constant threat of being messily torn apart and Eaten Alive by Titans. Worse, Titans do not digest their prey, and their bodies produce immense heat, so anyone not bitten in half is either drowned in a soup of human remains, or boiled alive in said human remains. To add insult to injury, since the Titans seemingly don't have any digestive organs nor derive any actual nutritional value from eating humans, whatever's left of the remains is eventually regurgitated back up.
    • What makes the Female Titan so despicable is that she's prone to subjecting her victims to horrendous deaths. Petra was very cruelly crushed like an ant under her foot. Another poor unfortunate on Petra's team was swung around on his grapple-cables like a yo-yo.
    • The Colossal Titan also met a bad end in chapter 84 (his 4th appearance, BTW). He got ripped out of his titan form by Eren, who then cut off his arms and legs to keep him from Shifting. When he came to a little while later (still with no arms and legs) it was just in time for his own death; the protagonists had left him to be eaten alive by a mindless titan (For reasons that we're not going to explain right now). He went out begging and crying for help that would never come, just like the thousands of people who died when he kicked a hole in Wall Maria.
    • The deaths of Sofia and Udo are particularly cruel because of their relative youth and innocence. The first is crushed by wreckage from Eren's attack, and the second stops in an effort to help. They end up trampled to death by panicked nobles, who had previously mocked the child for their lower status.
  • Tomoe in Kamisama Kiss likes to use Baleful Polymorph to turn people into a game animal of some kind and cook them alive.
  • Hell Girl is all about this. Sure some more than deserve it, but the actual prerequisite for this to happen to you is that some one has to hate you enough to make a Deal with the Devil to send you to hell, no real reason needed.
  • A lot of people in Hunter × Hunter die in nasty ways, but the Chimera Ant Pike's death takes the cake. Shizuku makes a bunch of small cuts on his body and uses Deme-chan to suck the blood out of his body. It's not very quick either. Zazan's death isn't much better. She gets slowly roasted alive by Feitan's "Pain Packer", a miniature sun that emits heat proportional to Feitan's pain.
  • Lots of criminals from Psycho-Pass love making their victims into works of art. The deaths are so disturbing that some of them are only fully detailed in the novelization.
  • In Yuureitou, Rika tied her mother to the hands of a clock tower, and she died when her back broke. Two years later, someone else begins repeating her actions.
  • Tokyo Ghoul is a series about creatures that eat humans, and are particularly difficult to kill due to their Healing Factor. Horrible deaths are to be expected.
    • The other two "Guests" invited to the "dinner" at the Ghoul Restaurant, along with Kaneki. The man is hacked to pieces, while the woman is thrown face down onto a grill and cooked Teppanyaki-style.
    • Rize specialized in inflicting these, often slowly torturing her victims before eating them.
    • Victims of the One-Eyed Owl were said to die slow, painful deaths before having the mangled pieces of their bodies scattered all around the area.
    • The victims of Donato Porpora were said to be tortured brutally prior to being eaten. What makes it truly cruel was that he pretended to be a Catholic Priest, and ran an orphanage where the children adored their beloved "Father". Then, one by one, he would tell the children they had been adopted and take them away.....
    • In the sequel, Serial Killer "Torso" is revealed to enjoy terrorizing his victims before cutting off their limbs, and their heads. It's probably better not to think of what he did with their bodies, though.
    • Also in the sequel, a female Ghoul is nicknamed "Nutcracker" for her preferred method of killing her male victims. She also kills a woman by eating her face off.
  • As a story set in the European Middle Ages, Wolfsmund features many cruel executions, mostly courtesy of Wolfram. Wolfram himself falls victim to this after he's defeated and captured by Swiss rebels.
  • Death Note features an entire montage of these in episode 26, as Light kills the Yotsuba group, Aiber, and Wedy. (For no real reason other than they got in his way!)
    • Light hands out possibly the cruelest death in the series to one of his own Co-Dragons, Kiyomi Takada after she calls him begging for help by instead giving her a Psychic-Assisted Suicide via self-immolation, just to destroy the evidence linking them.
    • Light himself gets a well-deserved one at the end, being shot multiple times, left to thrash and bleed on the floor for a while and get finished off by Ryuk writing his name in the Death Note.
  • Ever wonder what'd happen if you opened a hole in someone's upper torso? Cranberry found out the hard way. The results weren't pretty.
  • Episode 3 of Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace features a pedophile named Watanuki who kidnapped several elementary school girls and forced them to become his "daughters". Any of the girls who didn't want this had their bodies crushed and cement poured over their corpses and then hung on a wall like paintings.
  • The anime version of AKIRA turns Kaori's death into this. While she was shot by Tetsuo's treacherous lieutenant in the manga, the anime has her get accidentally absorbed when Tetsuo's power goes out of control and he begins mutating horribly. Poor Kaori is crushed into a bloody pulp inside Tetsuo's horrifically mutating body. And it's all shown in detail.
  • Most of the deaths in Innocents Shounen Juujigun apply. The fact that most of these poor souls are children makes it much worse.
    • Etienne: whipped, tied to a post, carvings cut into his chest, sent to wander the wilderness and die of starvation, and when all that finally failed, impaled through the middle and mounted on a post as an example.
    • Luc: Cornered by bandits in an attempt to protect the crusade's money. Shot through the chest with an arrow and halfway beheaded by a group of adult men more than twice his size.
    • Henri: Tortured, beaten to within an inch of his life for fighting back, thrown out with the trash, impaled through the neck in a botched suicide attempt, and finally finished off by one of his friends.
    • Christian: Impaled through the stomach with a large, wooden stake after Michael found out about his preferences. The part that really makes this gruesome is that is took the relatively tiny Michael a good couple tries to get the stake all the way through. Ouch.
    • Guillaume: Stabbed through the throat by Lillian in their death battle, and thrown out with the trash to succumb to his injuries.
    • Pierre: Sliced open by Guillaume (his best friend) in their death battle and left to bleed out on the floor, guts spilling out of him. Later thrown out with the trash as well.
    • Lillian: Had his left hand chopped off at the wrist by Guillaume in their death battle, and was impaled through the stomach as he did the same in self defense. Like the other two, was thrown out like garbage to die.
    • Remy: Succumbs to his leprosy after a three month trek with the crusades. What really makes his death horrifying is that, after yanking off his bandages while dying, we learn that his entire face has nearly rotted away, including a prominently missing nose.
  • In the world of Overlord (2012), you can be eaten by a girl's breasts, have your blood flying out from your wound or be eaten from within by cockroaches. Probably tons of other examples happen off-screen because of the guardian's cruelty or for experimentation.
  • ‘’Re:Zero’’ is full of these. Quite a few are inflicted on The Protagonist. Whether it’s being sliced open and having his organs “caressed” as he dies, having his limbs sliced off before being killed and far worse deaths happen to him as the story goes on.
  • In Bi no Kyoujin, Kabu executes Xiao Chen by slashing off his hands and then repeatedly slashing at his tummy until his entrails cover the floor. A quite rare occurence in a Yaoi series.
  • Reika in Ode to Kirihito has a stage act called the "Human Tempura", in which she repeatedly survives being coated in batter and fried due to her contortionist skills and impeccable timing. And then in her last performance, the 'spoon' breaks, causing her to get fried for real when she gets accidentally dropped back into the boiling oil. Thankfully we don't see the horrifying results inside the "dumpling".
  • In the Sailor Moon manga, running afoul of Sailor Venus tends to end in death... And messy ones at that:
    • The Crescent Beam is the finisher she uses in Codename: Sailor V, usually a One-Hit Kill... But some particularly strong youma survive, and thus slowly melt until finished off by the Crescent Shower of Love. Venus herself is openly disgusted the first time this happens.
    • In one occasion, Sailor V killed a group of youma not with the Crescent Beam but with the Crescent Boomerang... That is, throwing her compact at them and see them being cut by its razor-sharp edges, suffering such damage they just melt.
    • Wan-Wan was sentenced to Harakiri... And then Venus visually cut him in half.
    • Chuu-Chuu was a mosquito youma... So she was hit by magically overpowered anti-mosquito incense and suffucated.
    • Danburite was hit by the Crescent Beam and didn't die immediately. Not being a youma he did not melt... But slowly disintegrated.
    • Her first kill in the main series is Zoisite, who is hit by the Crescent Boomerang... But as he's not a youma, Venus has the attack hit him multiple times and cuts him into pieces.
    • All of the above have been attacks where Sailor Venus was trying to take down an enemy as quickly as possible, without feeling hatred or anything but a wish to get it done. Queen Beryl, on the other hand, got her angry... And Venus brutally disemboweled her. This is made worse by the simple fact it's the second time it happened: in their past lives Beryl got Venus angry once again for being responsible of the fall of the Silver Millennium and princess Serenity's suicide, so Sailor Venus cut her open and left her for dead.
  • Anyone who runs out of points in Darwin's Game will have their body painfully disintegrated and left as nothing but pixelated version of themselves.

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