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  • Quite a few disturbing examples in The Lion King Adventures:
    • Zazu has all the bones in his body crushed by the Writer.
    • Ugaidi and Sarafina have their souls burned into nothingness.
    • The Hermit of Hekima has his soul ripped clean from his body.
    • The Family of Blood melt away into piles of bones.
  • The Aswang’s death isn’t seen, but after a few seconds of crying out in agony, a sickening pop is heard, and Salem is covered in his blood.
  • Child of the Storm has Gravemoss as a one... man vehicle of this. In one scene, he internally ratchets up the horror of the death of some poor HYDRA Mook who's had the misfortune to be deemed expendable and sent as an errand boy and the even greater misfortune to annoy Gravemoss, who decides to feed him to zombified rats to see if they devour living flesh faster.
    • Then there's the creation of the veidrdraugar, which involves Gravemoss ripping out the victim's heart and replacing it with dark magic. He then bloods his new pets by setting them on a young family driving home for Christmas. As for what happens... well, even Lucius Malfoy, who barely considers Muggles worthy of notice and sees them as akin to animals, is horrified. There are some things you don't do, even to animals.
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    • In a more subdued, mundane, and arguably more horrifying variant, Luna Lovegood, the last person in all the world who deserves it, gets hit by a stray bullet and winds up choking to death on her own blood.
    • In Ghosts of the Past, Wanda fulfills her promise to reduce Sinister to screaming molecules, effectively melting him. He deserves it, but damn...
  • In The Legend of Link: Lucky Number 13, Fate attempts to defeat God of Fear Link by extending magical threads from his body into every living creature across all of reality to suck out their souls for a power boost. Link responds by removing Fate's godhood and immortality, causing each thread to snap off one by one... each taking a piece of the former god with them. Apparently the pain drove him so irrevocably insane that it actually stuck with him into the afterlife.
    • Also, Link kills Rampart by sticking him to the floor with a sword and then overloading his mind and body (in a sort of inverted ExpositionBeam/CareBearStare combo) with all the rage, hate and despair he felt over seeing his son's murdered corpse, causing the poor kid to cry tears of blood while his scorched heart blasts right out of his chest and the back of his head explodes.
    • Hadrian is killed when the shadow demon forces his body to melt away into sand.
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    • Link (again) kills a bunch of guards by driving them into a fear-induced frenzy and forcing them to eat each other.
  • Yognapped: Peva's Establishing Character Moment has him murdering Sips by slowly emptying a pistol clip into his arms and legs, waiting until his vocal cords give out from the screaming, and splitting his skull in half with a sword.
    • Later, Martyn is slowly and painfully drained of most blood and other fluids by scientists attempting to clone him. Teep, the resulting Humanoid Abomination, then finishes him off by crushing his skull.
  • I Did Not Want To Die is an absolutely heartbreaking example of this trope. The protagonist is shot early in the story and spends the rest of it gradually bleeding to death, regretting his life and early death. If you don't shed a tear, then you are not human.
  • What Lies Beyond the Walls has a few of these, but the most notable one by far is Ozgin's death. She's stabbed in the stomach. And near her kidney. And in the anus. And then her swordpaw is sliced off. And then she's stabbed in the groin. Several times. By the time she's finished off with a Slashed Throat, it felt like a Mercy Kill.
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  • "Rise of the Galeforces": Mr. Ludlow, after about a dozen chapters of making everyone's lives hell, runs afoul of three ravenous and extremely angry baby tyrannosaurs - and at Violet's kill command, they eat him alive without hesitation. Granted, most of the casualties aren't for the faint of heart to stomach, but this one goes the extra mile by not only occurring in front of the entire cast, but also taking up four paragraphs of exquisitely horrifying detail with absolutely NO Gory Discretion Shot at ALL!
  • Crossoverpairinglover should be called Crueldeathlover. Characters he doesn't like have a tendency to die horribly; Cornelius Fudge gets 'death by dragon', he comments that the children of Artemis created by the splinter cell of the House of Life died of both rape and Holocaust style gas (by a Nazi), has Lagoon Boy eaten by the Light and has more planned.
  • In "Happy Families Are All Alike" we don't know how Tsunade died, only that Orochimaru was responsible for it, that it was very messy, and that Shizune saw the whole thing and won't talk about it. It gave Kakashi nightmares just looking at the aftermath.
  • Fallout: Equestria - Project Horizons is chock full of these, starting with Scootle getting torn in half by ghouls a la Captain Rhodes. It gets worse from there.
  • In ME2, Sidonis can be killed by a shot to his head, but in the fic "Weightless", Shepard first led him to believe that he is gonna escape safely before letting Garrus beat him to a pulp with his bare hands while reminding him how it feels to trust someone only to get betrayed. His life finally ends with a throat slash from inside out.
    • Before that, Shepard kill the volus who acted as Fade for Harkin by severing his intake atmospheric pressure compressor. He imploded before the oxygen had time to poison his blood.
    • Jack killed Warden Kuril (she probably had tortured him first) by ripping his body into two with her biotic.
    • Ghost/Kai Leng strapped young Shepard's doctor to the chair where she had taken her treatment and let her burn him alive.
    • Mierin's artery was served as her leg crushed beneath a crate. They had to amputate it then or she would burn. Melanis cauterized it with her omniblade, but the vein had already retracted up into her thigh so she lose all of her blood without spilling a drop.
  • Mass Effect: End of Days: A former slave takes revenge by shooting his former master in the belly and leaving him to die of infection in a dark cell, alone. And reminding him he has a family, and his estate also has slaves to be liberated.
    • Not to mention Diana Allers, after going missing in Batarian Space.
    They'd made her eat her own eyes. Then they had started working on her for real.
  • "A Growing Affection" kills Madara by slowly disintegrating him in an artificial black hole.
  • In Pages Of Harmony, in order to extract the Elements of Harmony Twilight has killed characters through Mind Rape (eventually causing Rainbow Dash to be Driven to Suicide through Autocannibalism, skinning, Electric Torture, one certain pony being killed by their sibling through having their skull sliced in half, a spell that causes a pony's flesh to melt and fire to burn from inside their bodies, and putting Fluttershy through an alphabetical list of tortures from A to Z. And Twilight has a certain reason for performing these acts, and it is not pretty.
    • In Popped, another My Little Pony fanfiction, Applejack and Rainbow Dash eventually find themselves beheaded and buried alive, respectively.
  • Hivefled has a lot. Special mention probably goes to Dualscar, who was shot with a gun lodged somewhere very unpleasant; Vanate, who died when his body's attempts to expel the tainted water he'd drunk expelled most of his intestines with it; and Rasasi, who was drowned in a bucket of "genetic material".
  • Hail to the King seems to be fond of this trope:
    • Godzilla rips off one of Sachiel's arms and beats it viciously before the Angel self-destructs.
    • Megaguirus is Eaten Alive by a berserk Unit-01.
    • Titanosaurus has its jaws broken, its cybernetic arm ripped off and shoved down its throat, and said arm's arsenal detonated by a healthy dose of atomic breath, pulping its insides.
  • The Fragility of Time has quite a few:
    • Ail is impaled upon the Doom Tree's tentacles though this death turns out to be a Disney Death.
    • Mimete is executed by having dark energy spheres run through her body courtesy of Rubeus.
    • Eudial is killed when Rubeus explodes the back of her Fire Buster and then uses the attack he used on Mimete.
    • Rubeus himself is impaled upon a sword multiple times with no Gory Discretion Shot.
    • Sailor Lead Crow, a.k.a Sailor Eiron is forced to inflict one of these upon her own son courtesy of Sailor Galaxia. Fortunately, it's undone.
    • The sequel has Fish Eye and Iron Mouse have their throats torn out messily by Ranma as a Senshi with the mind of a cat.
  • Shadowjack Watches Sailor Moon averts this for the most part... in the anime recaps. The manga recap has been much gorier so far. However, it reached a peak with the introduction of Manga!Sailor Venus, who (as part of her Establishing Character Moment) cut Zoicite into bloody chunks (and while it may have been filtered, you could see the remains afterward).
    • And now Koan has been burned alive in the recap of the Dark Moon saga
  • Poor, poor Chet Kelly in the Emergency! fic "Requiem". Pinned by a flaming beam while fighting a fire and burned over 70% of his body, a fatal thing in The '70s without today's technology. The worst part? He's fully conscious til almost the end. He's fully feeling the agonizing pain of the areas that still have nerves to feel it with and fully aware he's about to die. He only slips into a morphine coma right near the end.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic MLP Collateral Damage, Queen Chyrsalis inflicts this upon Thermal Soar, specifically to test the loyalty of Princess Ceymi and impress upon her the Queen's absolute power over life and death within the Hive. It is so terrible that it triggers Ceymi's Heroic BSoD, in part because it coincides with Ceymi's Love Epiphany regarding Thermal Soar.
  • Pony POV Series:
    • Dark World is full of this, including Discord having thrown one in a giant blender and more or less everything Fluttercruel does. By present Discord has long since tried to stop doing this, but Nightmare Eclipse copy and pastes them from past loops to force him to.
    • Discord, when enraged at her effectively humiliating him, killed Mimic by turning her bones to glass and pulverizing her at super sonic speeds into the ground.
  • In Episode 73 of Sonic X: Dark Chaos, Tsali rampages through the Blue Typhoon searching for Tails and Cosmo. When he corners them and Tails tries to stop him, Tsali throws the fox to the floor and graphically rips his heart and lungs from his chest. With his bare hands.
    • The death of Cosmo's sister Galaxina is shown this time around in Episode 62. Tsali grabs her head and shoves it into a ruptured fuel line. The result is not for the faint of heart.
    • Chris gets impaled through the chest by Beelzebub's stinger in Episode 67, which injects corrosive acid into his body with very Squick-y effects. He gets better when Beelzebub saves him with Chaos Regeneration - so Beelzebub can torture him some more.
    • Episode 68 reveals what the the Demons do to runaway slaves; the women and children are nailed to crosses and the men are hanged by their ribs before being lashed to the outside hulls of Demon warships.
    • The Muslims are pretty much the king of this trope - among other barbaric punishments, they often rend non-Muslims down in flesh troughs for construction material, or strap them into literal mechanical rape spiders called ankaboot that slowly molest them to death with pistons.
  • Rourke and Clemont suffer these types of deaths in the Pokemon fanfic Natural Liberated. Both are essentially tortured to death by N's own blows and psychic powers. Rourke's bones are gradually broken as N mocks his lack of bravery, culminating in N psychically smashing his skull, while Clemont is broken in half at the chest.
  • Mercury from Phoenix-fire casually mentions how he once promised some pirates that had captured him that if they let him go, they would each receive a necklace made of gold, and that after they did, they would want to give it back to him, but he would not let them give it back until they learned to "breathe water". Accordingly, after he was released, he gathered his troops, captured the pirates, bound their hands and feet, put a heavy golden necklace on each of them and then drowned them in shallow water.
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Power Girl crossover story, Origin Story, after Bullseye almost kills Louise in an assassination attempt that is actually directed at Alex Harris, Alex punches Bullseye in the forehead so hard his adamantium skull is caved in, his eyes explode out of his skull, and his brain liquifies. Just goes to show that it doesn't pay to piss off a Kryptonian.
  • The wonderfully cathartic death of Littlefinger in Sean Bean Saves Westeros. After he tries to kidnap Sansa, Sandor guts him like a pig then pisses down his throat.
  • In Your Human And You, the Archmage paralyzes Dusty Withers before slowly draining the blood from her body, while she is still conscious.
  • As is true to the canon of Five Nights at Freddy's, the animatronic mascots of Freddy Fazbear's pizza seek to do this to Dante, but he ends up inflicting it on all of them instead in Dante's Night at Freddy's.
  • Pagan Vengeance: Juvage has one man drawn apart by horses, another placed under a tent and walked on to death, and killing the duke's son by throwing him into a cesspit with his father's body wrapped around his shoulders.
  • When Harry Potter and company get visions of their lives had Harry not been summoned to Azeroth in Wizard Runemaster, each of view the particularly nasty deaths they would have suffered.
    • Arko would have had her soul destroyed in a demonic ritual.
    • Jessir would have died fighting C'thun.
    • Kudrii would have been raped and killed by bandits.
    • Disidra would have been Eaten Alive by Gruul.
    • Onyxia would die to Stormwind soldiers.
    • Sylvanas would have been the last of her people to be killed by the Iron Horde.
    • Ysondre would be killed by Horde adventurers.
    • Colette Blaumeux would survive the fall of Naxxramas only to be reabsorbed into Frostmourne.
    • Lastly, Fleur would have been captured and tortured to death.
  • In Fate's Gambit, Lucius Malfoy is fleeing through the Quibbler printing room after murdering Xenophilius Lovegood when his hair gets caught in a printing press; he is subsequently pulled into the machine to be crushed and mangled.
  • A Scotsman in Egypt has the deah of Horkhudagh Khan, the figurehead of the Timurids. Aodh is very much pissed off at the death of his brother, so when he finds the khan (a Non-Action Guy) he first gives him a sword, but easily disarms him. He then breaks each of the joints in the khan's limbs, one by one, and then fills his mouth with snow, packing it down until he stops moving. His generals, who witnessed the whole thing, are sickened, understanding, disapproving but resigned... except Angus the Mauler.
  • Averted in the Sonic X fanfic Don't Keep Your Distance: Paint and Alice, shackled up inside the administrative building of a child labor camp, escape only because their friend Arrowhead burns the building down to finally rid them of their captors and sneaks back in to save them. However, if he had not rescued them, the metal would have become red-hot before melting to their skin.
  • In The Vow, Lord Shen kills Lord Juan this way: after the pheasant is pinned to the ground by a knife thrown through his wing to the ground and Shen's iron claws dug into his stomach, his beautiful tail feathers are cut from the root and discarded in a heap to the ground, and a slice of his throat ends it. It also has Death by Irony vibes in it because the blade used for the last two aforementioned parts was given to Shen by Lady Lianne, Juan's fiancée.
  • Ambience: A Fleet Symphony:
    • Even by the usual standards of War Is Hell, the Re-class is prone to killing people in an excessively brutal, gory and visceral manner. Impalements, limb removals, biting and eating people... You name something, it's done it.
    • The fate of the Harpers in Nashville at Damon's hands, so horrible that even Tatsuta was scared and it made him an In-Universe Base-Breaking Character.
  • The Racket-Rotter Chronicles: The Builder is fond of causing them, especially in Arc 3.
  • In 101 Ways to Kill Jar Jar Binks, this happens countless times to the eponymous Jar-Jar. Among them:
    • Being eaten alive by Jabba the Hutt
    • Being imploded
    • Being fooled by a Jedi Mind Trick into committing suicide.
  • Subverted in Tintin and Alph-Art (Yves Rodier), where the Big Bad reveals that his plan to kill Tintin by pouring molten plastic on him isn't actually as bad as it sounds, as it isn't hot enough to burn Tintin to death. However, the actual fate intended for Tintin, slowly suffocating under a crushing mass of still-uncomfortably warm plastic, isn't a whole lot better.
  • The Stronger Evil: When Daolon Wong makes the mistake of trying to enact Revenge by Proxy on Shendu by shooting his Love Interest Valerie, Shendu flies into a blind rage and repeatedly slams the dark wizard into the ground, reducing him to a bloody pulp. And then he tears what's left in half.
  • Latias' Journey is probably one of the goriest Pokémon fanfics ever, going for full out gory, nightmare fuel-coated horror and a number of cruel deaths. There are some earlier ones like Latias reducing a living Skarmory down to liquid metal, and Ein's head exploding Scannners-style. But around the last twenty chapters, things go Up to Eleven.
    • All of the major members of Team Rocket are trapped in a virtual reality prison by Mewgle with the task of reaching the exit alive. But all of them save Jessie and James die horrible deaths. Amongst them are Cassidy getting torn in two and eaten by Mewgle, Oakley executed in a Saw-esque death trap, and the Iron Masked Marauder getting his face chewed off by a living mask.
    • Deoxys transports all of the world's leading authorities in just about everything into a giant cage and then crushes them to death in a big bloody mess aired on live television.
    • The death of the female Ho-Oh, who is frankly a heartless asshole who betrays the other Chosen to become immortal. However, she makes the deal with Dark Latios, a sadistic little bastard who makes Ramsay Bolton look like a saint. Dark Latios rips out Ho-Oh's skeleton, killing her instantly, then proceeds to devour her entire body, promising her that she will remain immortal as long as he endlessly recycles her.
    • Poor Meowth gets devoured by a mutated Chimecho, and the heroes present witness the digestion process since Chimecho's body is see-through.
    • Latias and May are both cruelly tortured and murdered by a zombified Latias, both of whom she once regarded as her best friends.
  • In Robb Returns, one old Ironborn was claiming that he was going to take his ship to help the North. Damphair kills him by nailing two Weirwood stakes through his eyes.
  • A Brighter Dark: Every death has a high probability of being this. People who die rarely ever die in a way that would be seen as pleasant. Being stabbed is portrayed as extremely painful leaving the victim shocked and horrified before they finally close their eyes, electrocution leaves body spasming and drooling even after their heart stopped, and being set on fire is... well, not fun.
  • Besides the Will of Evil: This is what Reiziger does to Chrysalis when she attempts to betray him. He burns her alive, and the story makes it abundantly clear what a horrible, agonizing death that is.
  • A Man of Iron: The second book, A Crack of Thunder, has two such deaths in the same chapter — first, Myranda has her eyes sealed shut with wax and her tongue ripped out after she insulted Asha, and then dies from Vanko wrapping his lightning whip around her neck until the burns kill her. Then Ramsay is whipped repeatedly until the pain and blood loss kills him.
  • The Heart Trilogy: During the climax of the second part, Heart of Ashes, Smaug exacts bloody vengeance on Andraya for crossing him one too many times. He snatches her in his jaws, breaks her legs by throwing her thirty feet away, and punctures her stomach with a talon. He then throws her into air before swallowing her whole and letting the fire in his stomach scorch her.
  • Downton Abbey fanfic Authors Of Our Own Fate has Kemal Pamuk die of a heroin overdose induced by John Bates on Sybil Crawley's orders after he tried (unsucessfully) to rape Mary Crawley. We get to see his thoughts as he dies.
  • you can only use your own portrays buttercup poisoning realistically, and it's a terrible way to die. Chara chose it for their suicide plan after accidentally poisoning Asgore with the flowers and realizing that a lethal dose in a monster would be a quick death, unaware that a human dying from buttercup poisoning is anything but quick. This ends up giving Asriel time to save Chara, but they're still disabled for life.
  • Just A Child features the death of a missing girl who was ripped open and had everything inside of her removed from her body.
  • In the Magical Girl Crisis Crossover Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Viluy has her eye split open and her throat ripped by an enraged Alph in wolf form... but Viluy is the very definition of an Asshole Victim, so nobody feels too bad about it.
  • In The Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys fan-fiction, In The Dark, Melanie witnesses someone getting Gutted Like a Fish. It would been her fate, had she not escaped.

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