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It's never enough to kill someone by tearing out their heart. You always, always have to hold it up in front of their eyes as the life goes out of them. Bonus points if the victim doesn't actually die until the heart is destroyed somehow.

While the heart is the most common organ by far, this can be done with almost anything that it will clearly mean certain death to remove.

For bonus points feel free to insert it into the orifice of your choice.note  Or crush it in your hand. Or simply beat them with it. Or even eat it.

This trope often turns up among the Mayincatec. For extra creepy factor, add a Beat Still, My Heart effect.

A type of Attack on the Heart.

As this is a Death Trope, unmarked spoilers abound. Beware.


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  • Invoked in 3×3 Eyes: In the Egyptian Kunlun, Yakumo and Pai find some murals depicting the Egyptian trial of the soul, with Anubis weighting the heart on the scales. While Pai mocks it as a misguided human attempt to mimic the arts of Immortality the Sanzhiyan possess ("I mean, if you gouge out your heart you'll die for real!), Yakumo realises that the murals are actually instructions left by a Wu on how to open the passage: namely, a Wu must cut out his own heart and offer it to the Stone Anubis guarding the dungeon.
  • Revy from Black Lagoon threatens to show kid hostage Garcia "the colour of his breakfast" after he throws food at her.
  • In Bleach Chapter 666, Grimmjow impales his arm through Askin De Le Vaar from behind and pulls his heart out in the process, then crushes it. Surprisingly, this does not kill him...not right away at least.
  • Happens to most of the main cast in Captain Harlock: Endless Odyssey (though they didn't actually lose their hearts, the Big Bad was trying to trick them into making them think it had happened so it could possess their bodies.)
  • The fifth episode of Dorohedoro has Fujita and Ebisu attacked by a duo of rival magic users. Things look pretty bleak until Always a Bigger Fish comes into play and the duo is slaughtered by Shin and Noi, who hate bullies. One dies when Shin stabs his hand through the guy's chest, ripping his heart out in the process and the other is split in half by Noi's hand chop. Then they take the corpses, arrange them together and gleefully call the abomination "bully sandwich". A perfect summation of what Dorohedoro is generally like.
  • Araya Souren does this to Touko in the fifth movie of The Garden of Sinners. This being the Nasuverse they still manage to have a philosophical conversation before he crushes it. She gets better.
  • Young assassin Killua from Hunter × Hunter tears a gruesome serial killer's heart out with his bare hand, without spilling any blood for good measure. The serial killer turns to Killua, motioning in terror to his heart, and basically says, "Hey! Give it back!", before he watches the assassin crush it. Somehow, the man doesn't die until Killua has crushed the (still beating) heart in his hand. The anime censors this scene a little, and arguably makes it worse, having Killua put the heart in a little bag, and making him watch it sloooowly stop beating. Then he puts the bag in the dead man's hand.
  • Kill la Kill:
  • Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro: seven words: "Phantom Thief Sai will steal your heart!" During the final battle, Sai attacks Sicks and rips his heart out. This doesn't outright kill the Big Bad but weakens him enough for Neuro to get the upper hand and finish the leader of the New Bloodline off for good.
  • In One Piece, we have Trafalgar Law using his powers to remove the heart of — of all people — Smoker. Yes, that Smoker — the badass that series protagonist Luffy never managed to defeat in a one-on-one. He had his heart taken from him by Law shortly after they started fighting in the form of cube-type object with his heart inside flying from his body, leaving a square-shaped hole in his chest. Law, annoyed by Smoker's questioning, then coldly quipped to him "I don't have to tell you anything..." before he slumps to the ground, presumably defeated.
    • This ability allows Law to take the target's heart without killing him, and Smoker eventually gained his back. Presumably, this ability was what allowed Law to acquire the one hundred hearts that he sent to the World Government to gain a position among the Seven Warlords of the Sea.
  • Overlord (2012) has the titular Villain Protagonist's favorite Death spell "Grasp Heart", which causes the target's heart (or a projection thereof) to appear within the lich's bony hand, whereupon it attempts to crush it, killing the target instantly upon success or stunning it briefly otherwise.
  • Invoked in, of all series, Ranma ½, where the Yamasenken style features a technique explicitly used to rip out an opponent's heart.
  • Red Baron: Mechanical example as it's done with robots. Chatatsu's Kung-Fu Tiger uses its Finishing Move to rip out the mechanical heart out of Komei's Shinryu. The Gold Baron later on does it to the Red Baron.

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    Fan Works 
  • It's pretty much routine in any gorn fic that involves decapitation for the victim (almost Always Female) to be shown her own headless body before she loses consciousness. Usually while someone is still... making use of it.
  • Butcher Of The Wards: Taylor didn't intend to seize Butcher's heart and rip it out of her chest, it was an accident with her intangibility power. The Butcher voices now sitting in the back of her head, however, are impressed.
  • Doing this is a necessary way to create veidrdraugrnote  in Child of the Storm. Gravemoss does this to Sif under Paris, but thankfully Harry Dresden blows him sky-high before he can do anything else. (This is Not Hyperbole, by the way; he literally punted Gravemoss into the stratosphere. Because he's awesome like that).
  • In the Final Fantasy VII fanfic Cissnei's Path, Rosso the Crimson rips the Protomateria out of Vincent's chest. Since he's undead and that was the only thing allowing him to control Chaos, she's as good as killed him unless he gets it back.
  • In Colors and Capes, Xander recounts an incident when he made such a threat to a demon whose mystical protections weakened when you told him how you were going to kill him. Since there was also a "no backsies" clause, Xander had to study up on how to rip out someone's heart with your bare hands. He explains there's a trick to snapping off the arteries and veins so that the heart comes out cleanly, and he accidentally skipped that step; he pulled off the "and show it to you" part, and then the guy's heart snapped back into his chest like a slingshot and Xander finished him off with a stake.
  • In the infamously gory My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic, Cupcakes (Sergeant Sprinkles), Pinkie Pie does this to Rainbow Dash's entrails while cheerfully cracking jokes. The fact that the jokes are entirely in-character makes it that much creepier.
  • Invoked and subverted in The Ending of the End - Love and Tolerance Edition, while the Legion of Doom is trying to unlock the power of Grogar's Bell, Cozy Glow reads a part of the instructions saying Tirek and Chrysalis have to tune their magic to the beat of a pony's heart. Prompting Cozy (the one pony out of the trio) to wonder what that means while Tirek and Chrysalis exchange a look, before lunging at her while reaching for her chest... so they could gently feel her frightened heart beat and get the magic frequency right.
    Cozy: G-golly, I thought you guys were gonna… heh, nevermind.
  • Everything Turns to Gold: Exor tries to do this to Scott, by physically digging his claws into his chest and trying to tear out his heart. Fortunately, Pix and the others intervene before he can.
  • Fate of the Clans: Cú Chulainn Alter punches a hole through Mikoto's chest and rips out his still-beating heart. The last thing he sees is the Alter eating it.
  • Mortal Kombat Khronicles While Kano has Sonya Blade and her brother, Daniel, dead for rights, she spits in his face. Hoping to goad Kano into killing her and buying more time for backup to come and rescue her brother. Instead, Kano cuts her brother's heart out, right in front of her, out of spite.
  • This is how Voldemort bites it in Mutant Storm, as Harry uses his mutant ability to pull the former's heart out of his chest.
  • In Never Betray A Fox a feral Harry rips out Bellatrix's heart and taunts her husband and brother-in-law with it.
  • The Night Unfurls: If anyone has the guts to face the Good Hunter who is silently enraged or has eaten some ball wrapped in cloth (it's the Beast Blood Pellet), they better pray that their insides are in one piece. And no, he doesn't even need to stab them in the back, or shoot them with a gun to perform a visceral attack. Give him an opening, and they shall kiss their guts goodbye.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: Sunset Shimmer threatens to do this to Princess Celestia's killer once she returns to Equestria, unaware (until Page informs her) that Chrysalis has been dead for a thousand years.
  • The Pony POV Series has this as one of the only ways the Dark World mane cast can actually die, due to having Complete Immortality and their hearts replaced with the Elements of Chaos, the other being destroying their Element (easier said than done). Ironically, the only two it's actually happened to ended up surviving. Angry Pie ends up doing it to Twilight, leaving her to die afterwards, but Twilight finds a replacement. Rainbow Dash later inverts this by tearing her own out and showing it to Rarity to shock her out of her self delusion, but puts it back.
  • Attempted by Team GRVE in Remnant Inferis: DOOM, as they tried to cut out Ruby's womb and force her to watch as they did it. Thankfully, Beacon's instructors arrive just in time to stop them.
  • In the Resurgence Series, Victoria literally rips Bella's heart out of her chest before even drinking her blood, requiring Bella to receive a full-blood transfusion from Claire Bennett to bring her back to life.
  • In Time out of Place Death Eaters cut out a Muggle's heart and he dies watching its final beat.
  • to forget is unforgivable: Izuku's method of dealing with powerful cursed spirits is to rip their hearts out of their chest cavities and eat them. Katsuki sees this twice, and is traumatized for life.
  • In Unnatural Disaster 2.8, Sophia pulls Egbert's heart out of his body and lets him see it, finishing him off.
  • In Voldemort's Daughter Lucius does this to Telemachus Jugson during a duel and then presents the heart to Belladonna. Turns out this sort of thing happens often enough to be part of a Dark bonding ritual.
  • In the Homestuck fanfic "A Wound For Two," Vriska rips out Karkat's heart. Incredibly, he still lives long enough to kiss her (and, it's implied, to be saved through cyber-prosthetics).

    Films — Animation 
  • Cars 2: When Mater meets Finn McMissile, he describes a karate move in which he reaches into a car's hood, pulls out his battery and shows it to him before he stalls called, "What I accidentally did to my friend Luigi once".
  • In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Steve rips the "heart" out of a gummi bear.
  • Perhaps a combination with Hoist by His Own Petard, in The Incredibles, Mr. Incredible tricks the Omnidroid prototype into ripping its own heart out. (Or at least a particular component that stayed lit up red for several seconds after being ripped out).
  • During the Bad-Anon meeting in Wreck-It Ralph, Kano, as of his traditional Fatality, playfully rips the heart out of a zombie.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • At one point in Alita: Battle Angel, Alita takes out her own still-beating heart, attached to her via wires, and shows it to her beloved Hugo, suggesting that they sell it to earn enough money to get to Zalem, where she thinks they could get a cheaper alternative. Hugo is understandably befuddled.
  • The Banana Splits Movie has Snorky fighting off Bingo to save the civilians, in which Bingo proceeds to rip Snorky’s robotic "heart" out before Snorky gives him the final blow. Snorky then collapses and dies from this.
  • Once Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon shifts from documentary into full-blown slasher film, Leslie Vernon does this to one of his victims with a post hole digger.
  • Bit: Duke rips the heart from a newly-made male vampire's chest in the film's opening scene, then lets him view it while he dies.
  • Bordello of Blood: Lilith tears the heart out of Caleb's friend by forcing her tongue through his body while they're kissing and pushing it out. She then grabs and promptly eats it.
  • Braindead: this happens to a victim when the zombies crash the party.
  • In "The Fright Before Xmas" segment from Campfire Tales (1991), Satan Claus lifts Steve by the neck and rips out his heart.
  • In The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), the Lord Marshall does this to a Helion Prime native who refuses to convert — except instead of his heart, he pulls out his soul.
  • Subverted in Crank: High Voltage. While Chelios does wake up during the operation that installs his artificial heart and see his original heart being examined, he gets up and clobbers the surgeon before his other parts can be fatally removed.
  • Deadtime Stories: In "Peter and the Witches", Peter defeats the revived Magoga by driving his hand into her chest and pulling out her heart, which is still beating. He is then attacked by the heart.
  • Demon Knight: The Collector's threat (and final words) are that, since Jeryline won't love him, at least he can have her heart — and extends a finger with a large scalpel on it.
  • In Dumb and Dumber, Jim Carrey's character daydreams about fighting the staff of a restaurant, culminating in him ripping the chef's heart out, putting it inside a doggy bag, closing the bag up, and handing it back to the chef just before he falls over.
  • In Electra (no, not that one, the 1996 film with Shannon Tweed), the hero's Love Interest tears off the heart of a female Mook, setting up a "heartless bitch!" line.
  • The Empirium Trilogy: One of the stories about Queen Rielle that survived the centuries is how she ripped out her own husband's heart.
  • In Faceless, Dr. Moser not only cuts the face off Florence Guerin, but he then holds it up in front of her flensed face, with her eyes moving to follow it, as he tells her how pretty it will make Ingrid once he transplants it on to her.
  • In Fresh Meat, Hemi slices Glenn's chest open and rips out his beating heart, taking a bite out of it, believing that feasting on the heart, flesh and blood of his own offspring will render him immortal.
  • In Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Jason punches his hand through Hawes' torso, grabbing his heart in the process.
  • The character Frost in From Dusk Till Dawn rips out the heart of one of the vampires, paired with Beat Still, My Heart, after which, Sex Machine kills the vampire by stabbing the heart with a pencil.
  • Give 'Em Hell, Malone: Malone has a fearsome reputation from hunting down the people who killed his family and ripping their hearts out with his bare hands. Though since his family are not dead, he probably never killed anyone that way.
    Whitmore: And, Boulder... ripped out a man's heart and ate it? The physics of punching through a man's sternum alone make that an impossibility. Next time, spare me the hyperbole.
  • In the film Hannibal, the title character cuts out parts of Ray Liotta's brain and feeds it to him while still alive.
  • In the Chuck Norris supernatural thriller Hellbound, the demonic villain Prosatanos murders a Rabbi by ripping out his heart and laughing at the old man.
  • Holidays: In Valentine's Day, Maxine cuts Alpha Bitch Heidi's heart out while she is still alive, before presenting to Coach.
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom features a famous scene in which the villain pulls a man's heart out during a Human Sacrifice ritual. Due to the supernatural nature of the ceremony, the victim survives for several minutes before being lowered into lava, at which point his still-beating heart burns up in the Big Bad's hand as the body is incinerated below.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Iron Man: Obadiah Stane pulls out Tony's artificial "heart", the arc reactor, and then taunts Tony while holding it out in front of him.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron: Wanda Maximoff destroys Ultron Prime's vibranium body by pulling his "heart" (really a power source) out through his chest. Ultron is an AI, though, so he manages to exist through one final drone before he meets his final fate upon encountering Vision.
  • In Last of the Mohicans, the warrior Magua cuts out the heart of Colonel Munro in the midst of a pitched battle.
  • In Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the monster does this to Elizabeth and holds it up to Victor before diving out a window.
  • An organ donor in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life answers the door only to get his liver ripped out painfully, despite his protests that "I'm using it." Not only does his wife stand by watching impassively, but one jaunty musical number later, she's agreed to donate her liver as well.
  • Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight II: While Mariusz is waiting for Zosia to come out and go after Janeczka so he can shoot her (shoot Zosia, of course), Zosia attacks Mariusz from behind, driving her hand through his back and out his front, clutching his still beating heart.
  • Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies has Angus eating the still-beating heart of a woman in front of her as she dies. Twice.
  • The single goriest moment of the first Psycho Cop film has this, but it's not saying much.
  • At the end of Rambo: Last Blood, Rambo kills Hugo Martinez by disemboweling his chest then ripping his heart out.
  • During the climax of RoboCop 2, Murphy defeats the Robocop-ified Cain by detaching the module containing the villain's brain, then smashing it on the ground. The module is still wired up to Robocop 2's cameras, and Cain's Oh, Crap! expression can be seen on a video screen, confirming he's watching his own brain being spiked.
  • In Serial Killing 4 Dummys, Grimaldi threatens Casey by declaring he will "rip your heart out, show it to you, and use it as a sock puppet!" Given the circumstances, it is not clear if he is indulging in hyperbole.
  • In Sinbad of the Seven Seas, Sinbad defeats the leader of the demonic ghouls attacking his ship by ripping out its heart and crushing it in front of it.
  • A variation is done in the Tales from the Crypt segment "Poetic Justice". Arthur Grimsdyke rips out James Elliott's heart, and although he doesn't show it to James, he does leave it as a nasty surprise for James' father.
  • Stamper plans to do this to James Bond in Tomorrow Never Dies through a form of torture that Stamper's mentor Dr. Kaufman perfected. Bond escapes before he can, obviously.
  • The Toxic Avenger does this sort of thing with various body parts. However, the first and arguably funniest instance occurs in the first movie, in which he grabs a man's arm and rips it off with such ease that the man has time to break out of a grapple and shout a threat to the titular monster before he even realizes his arm is still in Toxie's hand. As soon as he notices, Toxie smacks him to the ground with the disembodied limb.
  • Viktor from Underworld (2003) doesn't even realise that Selene's swing had hit until she shows him the blade covered in his blood. He then dies.
  • Vampire in Brooklyn: Combined with an invitation to "Put a little heart in it"
  • At the end of Vampires vs. Zombies, a zombie rips out Jenna's heart and takes a bite out of it while it is still beating; in front of her still living face.
  • Wayne's World
    • Ed O'Neill's character suggests that a man who got fired do it to his boss. The man replies that he'd rather file a grievance with his union.
    • Wayne does it to Cassandra's father in the sequel during a daydream sequence.
  • In the climax of The Woman the feral woman kills Chris by stabbing her hand into his gut, rifling around with his innards, ripping out his heart, and eating it in front of him just before he dies.

  • American Psycho: Patrick Bateman does this with a chainsaw and a woman's entire lower half. Maybe.
  • Roger Zelazny's Creatures of Light and Darkness had a very darkly humorous scene in which the god Horus consults a fortune-teller, specifically a reader of entrails. The entrails belong to the fortune-teller's chief rival, who gives accurate predictions while berating the fortune-teller for messing up. (Classic Line: "Those are my entrails! I will not have them misread by a poseur!")
  • Referenced in Discworld's Interesting Times (they're discussing the meaning of "drawn and quartered"):
    "I think your innards are cut out and shown to you."
    "What for?"
    "I don't really know. To see if you recognize them, I suppose."
    "What... like, 'Yep, that's my kidneys, yep, that's my breakfast'?"
  • Apparently occurred in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe Eighth Doctor Adventures novel The Adventuress Of Henrietta Street. The Doctor lived to have nightmares about it.
    • In the Ninth Doctor Adventures novel Only Human, the batshit insane villainess removes one of the Doctor's hearts and shows it to him. This actually isn't a problem for him, as said villainess comes from a future where medical science is ridiculously advanced, to the point where they can separate a head from a body without killing the victim, with the two parts still somehow remaining connected. The Doctor is also drugged up with some pretty trippy stuff to the point that he only registers mild discomfort at this. The scene is still strangely horrific, what with the description of the Doctor feeling his insides being mauled about and feeling that he maybe ought to be upset by this.
  • In Fengshen Yanyi, the villainous Taoist Ma Yuan likes to kill his opponents by tearing them in half with his bare hands, rip their hearts out of their chests and devour them whole, terrifying all witnesses with this gruesome show. It is used against him twice, first by Yang Jian (who uses his transformation skills to regrow a new heart and turn the heart eaten by Ma Yuan into a diarrhea-inducing drug, and later by Wenshu Guangfa Tianzhun, who tricks him with a fake woman whose gaping wound closes on Ma Yuan's hands as he's looking for her heart.
  • In Forgotten Realms — Spine Of The World, a guard grabs a decapitated man's head and turns it towards the rest of the decapitated body in the hopes that the severed head lives long enough to see it.
  • In The Subtle Blade, there's a character in Artemis's old assassin's guild who calls himself "The Heart" because heclaims he can rip a man's heart out so quickly that he can show it to the victim while it still beats. Artemis isn't remotely impressed and kills him with little effort.
  • Anna Nimity from In The Realm Of Carnal Horror does this several times in a row to multiple victims.
  • In Jurassic Park, Nedry gets his stomach slashed open and gets to see/feel his own organs before he dies. This is decidedly more graphic than the movie, which used a Gory Discretion Shot.
  • In Monster Hunter Nemesis, a security guard's heart is ripped out of his chest by Kurst, and briefly stares in disbelief at the still-beating organ before he dies.
  • Non-fatal example in the My Teacher Is an Alien series: Peter undergoes a voluntary surgery to allow the aliens to study his brain, only to wake up and have them off-handedly show him it in a jar, connected back to his body with wires. He's a bit freaked out, but they put it back in shortly thereafter and he's no worse for the wear.
  • In The Nekropolis Archives, in the novel Dead Streets, the Frankenstein creation Baristastein rips out a minotaur's heart and holds it up so he can watch it stop beating.
  • Mother Lenka, in Paladin of Shadows — Unto the Breach, rips the heart out of a captured Chechen fighter, and bites into it while the former owner is dying.
  • At the end of the climactic fight in Old Scores, the vampire Salem rips out fellow vampire Shafax's heart, holds it before his eyes, gives him a Pre-Mortem One-Liner, and drops the heart into a torch.
  • About a third of the way through the first The Paper Magician book, a villain shows up and rips out the heart of magician Emery Thane. Thanks to some hastily-crafted magic from his apprentice, this is not immediately fatal, though it's made clear he has only a day or so to live unless his heart is returned.
  • Saintess Summons Skeletons: The Sabbath of the Hollowed Heart doesn't quite work out normally in Sofia's case. First, instead of taking the heart from a willing Human Sacrifice as instructed, she cuts out her own heart (hey, she's a willing human) and places that on the altar, using a special magical item to revive herself from death once. Then, once her offered heart has absorbed the essence of hundreds of undead and changed into something unrecognisable, she has to eat it, raw, while falling to her death again. Once completed, she is transformed into an Apostle of Sorrow — except that it took place inside the virtual world of the first filter trial, so once the trial is complete, she's back to normal. Sorrow is intrigued by her, however, and grants her the ability to temporarily transform again, with certain restrictions. Each transformation involves her heart leaping out of her chest and her taking a bite out of it.
  • Silverwing: The Vampyrum do that to their sacrificial animals in the second book. At one point (after a dream) Goth becomes obsessed with ripping Shade's heart out of his chest and eating it while Shade watches.
  • In The '80s Heroes "R" Us series Soldiers of Barrabas, a Soviet officer tries to rape and murder The Squadette, so she rips off his testicles and, after he's passed out in agony, leaves them in his coat pocket for him to find later. Whereupon he faints again.
  • Sword of Truth — Wizards' First Rule
    • The Big Bad Darken Rahl practices divination by reading the entrails of living humans. If his prisoners won't talk, he can use this as a last resort to get information from them, but can only get one or two words, like a name or the answer to a yes/no question.
    • Later, Kahlan castrates Demmin Nass and feeds him the removed parts. Before you feel pity for him, a minute before that she asked him how many little boys he raped and murdered, and the only answer he could provide was "a hundred or so".
  • In the first poem of the Vita Nuova, Love appears out of thin air holding Dante's heart in his hand while it burns. Dante doesn't seem to mind losing the heart and seeing Love feed it to someone because dreams are weird like that.
  • In Void City, Eric kills some werewolves by using his super-strength to rip their hearts right out of their chests, holding the organs up in front of them as they die.
  • In the Warhammer Gotrek & Felix book Demonslayer, a greater demon was defeated and banished by a dwarf lord a century ago, at which point the demon promised it would one day return to eat his liver while he watched. The eponymous heroes arrive just as the demon has returned to make good on its promise. It does so, shortly before they manage to kill it.
  • Occurs twice in Watersong. In Lullaby, when Lexi kills Sawyer by thrusting her arm through his chest and ripping his heart out, holding it for a moment before sliding her arm out and letting him fall. She then considers eating his heart but decides that would take too much time when she has more important things to be doing. In Tidal, Penn kills Lexi in the same manner. Since sirens don't die until they both have their heart torn out and are decapitated, Penn lets Lexi take a good, long look at her heart before finishing her.
  • The Princess Bride: Inigo starts cutting out Count Rugen's heart alive as they duel. Downplayed as terror and blood loss kill Rugen before he can finish.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In a detention-level in Angel, prisoners have their hearts torn out and shown to them regularly (once a day?) by a torture demon. They recover with no ill-effects and almost no memory of the event except a lingering sense of dread about going into the cellar.
    • Notably, Spike invokes this trope on Lindsey without even realizing it, as he holds up a human heart from a pile of them and asks whose it is.
  • In the Bizaardvark episode "Unboxing", this is one of the techniques Frankie does while shadowboxing after joining a mixed martial arts program. When Paige later considers having to break it to Frankie that she doesn't want to train with her because she specifically turned to MMA to have some alone time, she has an Imagine Spot of Frankie screaming hysterically at Paige before ripping out her heart.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    • In "Primeval", Buffy kills Adam, the Season 4 Big Bad, by ripping out his Uranium-235 power core and holding it up in front of him. Adam promptly keels over dead.
    • In "Becoming Part 2", Buffy threatens Whistler with something similar. Specifically, she threatens to pull out his ribcage and wear it as a hat.
  • Michael Kepler on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has a Catapult Nightmare in which he reaches into a woman's chest and withdraws her beating heart. As it's a dream, she just keeps standing there.
  • Probably as a reference to a similar event in the novel, Hannibal's title character feeds Abel Gideon his own severed and cooked leg. The victim is surprisingly cordial throughout the whole event.
  • Hemlock Grove: Olivia rips out Norman's heart after he turns against her, complete with corny Bond One-Liner.
  • In Heroes the legend of Takezo Kensei features a self-inflicted version of this. Kensei learns his sword skills from a dragon, who returns years later to take Kensei's wife as payment. Instead, Kensei cuts out his own heart, hands it to the dragon, and tells him, "My love is in here. Take it", before dying.
  • In Legends of Tomorrow "Aruba", Thawne murders Doomworld!Ray by ripping his heart out.
  • A non-fatal example occurs in the Lexx episode "791". The prisoners on the crashed transport have their hearts removed and their bodies put on life support to make sure they can't escape — and to make matters worse, they're fully conscious when their hearts are removed.
  • Mary Rice Hopkins and Puppets With a Heart, a Christian children's show airing on Smile of a Child TV, has the titular singer rip out some of her puppet friends' hearts, then open them to show what symbolic objects are inside, i.e. insects to indicate that they're "bugged" by something. It makes a lot more sense in context, especially for a kids' show.
  • The Masters of Horror episode "Imprint". After Christopher shoots Komono through the head in his madness, she picks out a few pieces of her brain in shock before she dies.
  • The Evil Queen of Once Upon a Time does this with the Huntsman's heart after she pulls it out of him. However, because of her magic, she's able to do it without killing him At least not then...
    • Her mother Cora was also fond of this and used it to Regina's one true love. In front of Regina. Cora and Regina both learned this from Rumplestiltskin.
    • Rumplestiltskin used this on his ex-wife after she tells him she never loved him.
    • Cora does this to herself in her youth due to her belief that Love Is a Weakness.
    • As noted above, ripping the heart out isn't fatal. Destroying the heart afterward is.
  • Painkiller Jane: In the TV adaptation, they quickly show that a neuro who can walk through walls uses her power to kill needlessly.
  • In "Space: Above and Beyond" the Chigs ritually gouge out dead humans' eyes and heart as a form of scalping and because they think it'll prevent them from coming back to life (their misinterpretation of our heaven beliefs). In one instance a Chig ambushes a Marine, hacks his heart out with an axe, and thrusts it into the air triumphantly while his friends cheer.
  • A Stargate SG-1 episode shows a girl with the Genetic Memory of the Go'uld System Lord Sekhmet threatening the evil scientist who created her with ripping out his heart and making him eat it.
  • In a 3rd Rock from the Sun episode, Sally asked her boyfriend how he would feel if she were suddenly out of his life. When he said he would be unhappy, she asked if it would be like "someone ripped out your heart and showed it to you", to which he replied, "well... not showed it to me."
  • True Blood:
    • Sam VS Maryann in the Season 2 finale. Transformed into a giant bull with enormous horns, he tricks her into coming closer and dropping her guard. As soon as she's close enough, he rips through her body with his horns, shifting back into a human that changes the horn into his arm. He grasps Maryann's black heart while she is still alive. She utters " Was there no God?" before he finally destroys the heart, turning her into a corpse.
    • Eric did this to Marnie's companion Roy in Episode 4x11 who attempts a: "You'll have to Go Through Me " tactic. Bonus points for casually sipping his blood through the detached aorta while looking Marnie in the eye.
  • 2 Broke Girls. Mentioned metaphorically when Caroline meets David in the episode "And the Broken Hearts". He jokingly says she "tore his heart out and shook it in front of his face."
  • The Vampire Diaries and The Originals abuse this trope. It appears almost every time a vampire wants to kill another vampire, a werewolf, or anyone else, for that matter. It saves the trouble of getting a piece of wood to stab a vampire in the heart with, plus this trope and decapitation are the only ways to kill a vampire/werewolf hybrid.
  • The X-Files "Milagro", Mulder and Scully begin discussing a case the pair are working on, wherein the heart of the victim had been removed with the absence of any significant physical evidence. Mulder believes the heart was removed with a technique known as psychic surgery. Meanwhile, Padgett, who is Mulder's neighbor, stands on a chair with his ear to an air vent, listening to the conversation. Padgett converses with the killer from his book, a deceased Brazilian surgeon named Ken Naciamento (Nestor Serrano). It is revealed that through some sort of psychic connection, Padgett's Naciamento has come back to life and has been removing hearts from victims.
  • Twin Peaks has the denizens of the Black Lodge demonstrate this ability with people's souls. It may be tied to the actual place, as Windom Earle, not known to be supernatural, does it to Dale Cooper when he offers Dale Annie's life in exchange for Dale's soul. BOB immediately undoes this, telling Cooper that Earle doesn't have the authority to do it and proceeds to take Earle's soul in return.
  • Van Helsing (2016):
    • Ivory and Scab do this when they kill Scarhead and his lieutenant in order to take over the Daywalker horde.
    • Julius, hopped up on a Super Serum, does this to his vampire opponent in "Graveyard Smash".

  • The cover of Eagles of Death Metal's album Heart On.
  • The video for Gnarl's Barkley's "Who's Gonna Save My Soul Now" has a guy doing this to the girl that dumped him.
  • Rarely seen with GWAR.
  • The Album cover for Green Day's "American Idiot" features this, although it's actually a heart-shaped grenade.
  • "And the last thing I see is my heart still beating uh breakin' outta my body and flyin' away" from Meatloaf's Bat Out Of Hell
  • According to Weird Al's song "CNR" and as demonstrated in the music video, Charles Nelson Reilly can do this to you.
    • Weird Al also proposes this as a method of suicide in "One More Minute": "I'd rather rip my heart out of my ribcage with my bare hands and then throw it on the floor and stomp on it 'till I die."
  • In the Avenged Sevenfold song A Little Piece of Heaven, there is a line which says, "Ripped her heart out right before her eyes! Eyes over easy, eat it, eat it, eat it!"

  • Inverted in the Alice Isn't Dead episode "Omelet," when Humanoid Abomination The Thistle Man slowly and casually inflicts a mortal injury on a hapless victim as a private "demonstration" for the Character Narrator after asking if she wants to "see sumthin' funny." He bites off a chunk of a man's flesh at the site of an artery, and as his victim exsanguinates, keeps digging out flesh from the wound to eat, purely to show off.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons: the Book of Vile Darkness supplement featured a Cleric spell called Heartclutch which magically transported the target's heart to the caster's hand, causing the unfortunate victim to die within 1 to 3 rounds. (Or just take a chunk of damage if the target succeeded on its save.)
  • One of the many bizarre things you can do in Exalted with high-powered Supernatural Martial Arts is to inflict "Jigsaw Organ Condition" on a person. This will allow you to pull their heart out and show it to them, without this necessarily doing them any permanent harm.
  • Flavor text for the Netrunner card "Black Dahlia":
    She broke my heart — but at least she showed it to me first.
  • Warhammer 40,000 Black Crusade describes a drug that is made from a space marine's organs while he is made to watch. It is never clarified if making him watch actually does anything to the drug itself; but then, the Emperor's Children and their kind would do it anyway.
    • Roboute Guilliman does this to Kor Phaeron as a truly epic Shut Up, Hannibal! in the Horus Heresy novel Know No Fear.
    • Less lethally, at the end of Fear to Tread, Horus peels off Erebus's face and waves it in front of him.
    • In *The Outcast Dead*, a World Eater keeps telling a Custodes that he will rip his spine out through his chest. He does this. Exact Words. Then shows him his spine. Custodes are literally superhuman, so he remained conscious long enough to see it.

    Theme Parks 
  • At Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, this is the signature kill of "The Caretaker", who will slowly and painfully rip out the heart of his victims and then show it to them (and to the watching audience) just before they die.

    Video Games 
  • In Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, when you finally find your children (or visions of them), they tear out their own hearts to show you. And do it again in subsequent meetings.
  • In Charlie Murder, at later levels you can choose a skill called, appropriately, "Heart Rip". It can only be done as a Finishing Move on especially weakened enemies. During that ability, your character rips out the enemy's heart, shows it to them, and eats it. A later version of the skill eventually provides healing for eating the heart too.
  • At the end of Deltarune Chapter 1, Kris falls out of bed after having a seizure-like fit, slowly struggles to their feet, shuffles around like a zombie, and then plunges a hand into their own chest and tears their soul out of their body! They hold it up almost triumphantly, before flinging it into a birdcage in the corner of their room.
  • In Doom (2016), the Glory Kill for the Mancubus involves ripping its heart out of its bloated gut and shoving it down its mouth.
  • During the endgame of Dragon Age: Origins, Oghren caps off a surprisingly touching speech (for him, anyway) to the Warden with "Let us show them our hearts, and then show them theirs!"
  • At the beginning of Dragon's Dogma, the Dragon plucks out your heart. You get to witness the Dragon then eat your heart before passing out. The game then becomes about slaying the Dragon and reclaiming your heart as the Arisen.
  • Beating people to death with their own severed limbs is extremely common and satisfying in Dwarf Fortress adventure mode. Even better is to beat a mother to death with the body of her child you just killed in front of her. No heart-ripping (or other organ extraction) antics are implemented yet, but Toady intends to throw some appropriate mechanics in once martial arts proper enter the picture.
  • The only reason why Gilgamesh manages to avoid this, in Fate/stay night's UBW route, is because he forcibly removes Illya's eyes before ripping out her heart. Yes, he's far worse in this route than the others.
    • Oh, and here's the scene from the movie adaptation. In the adaptation, it fits better as he doesn't "forcibly remove" Illya's eyes first, so the sobbing girl has to see him "de-heart" her before dying. No wonder Shirou is horrified.
  • In Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2, Janos dies when Raziel's past self tears his heart clean out.
    • One of the Stealth kills in Blood Omen 2: Legacy of Kain involves sneaking up behind an enemy, punching through their back, grabbing their heart and pushing it out through the front of their ribcage, where presumably the victim has a good view of it.
  • One of the many, many over-the-top mook finishers available in MadWorld. And it's one of the tamer ones.
    Howard "Buckshot" Holmes: That's what I call a heart attack!
    Kreese Kreeley: That's what I call a dickwad comment.
    Howard: You're a hateful man.
  • Raiden kills Senator Armstrong in this manner in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, but said character is too busy giving a Motive Rant and "Not So Different" Remark speech to even notice.
  • In Mortal Kombat, Kano and his various imitators can rip people's hearts out, while they don't directly hold the hearts in front of their victims, they do hold the hearts up for everyone to see (Including the victim, if that particular game makes him fall backward afterwards). Kobra takes it one step further by shoving the heart into the victim's mouth.
    • Exaggerated for dark comedy in Mortal Kombat 3, where the 'important organ' being removed from the victim was their entire skeleton, somehow removed intact via the mouth (including the cyborg ninjas, whose faces were replaced with helmet masks and therefore had no mouths to begin with) and proudly brandished while the hapless victim observes their cruel and bizarre fate before collapsing into a floppy pile of skin. The sheer absurdity of the act (and the remarkable cleanliness of both the skeleton and the hyper-degloved victim) keeps the move from being too horrific to show.
    • In Undercover Brother token white guy Lance is so enraged at being called a sissy towards the end of the movie, he performs various fatalities from Mortal Kombat on the guards; including Kano's And Show It to You move.
    • In Mortal Kombat 9, Kano's heart rip fatality actually fits the "Show it to 'em" criteria, as he spins them around, so he faces his opponent's back, and then rams his fist through their back and out their chest, clutching their heart in his hand right in front of their face.
    • This move even managed to get into the PG-rated Wreck-It Ralph, although it may have helped that Kano used it on a zombie.
    • In Mortal Kombat X, Kotal Kahn's fatality has him cut a hole in his victim's chest, rip out their heart, hold it up high and pop it with a squeeze so that he can drink their blood.
    • In Mortal Kombat 1, Havik's fatality rips out both his opponent's heart and his own, and swaps them, causing his heart to explode inside the victim body.
  • M.U.G.E.N has a modified version of Elque, who rips out his opponent's heart, shows it to them, then crushes it as a special finisher.
  • Red Earth: Kenji, a la Kano, has a Finishing Move in which he tears out his enemy's heart and holds it out for a while before crushing it in his fist.
  • After Ethan defeated Heisenberg in Resident Evil Village, he encountered Mother Miranda, who proceeded to tear his heart out, before drinking the blood out of it. He comes back long enough to kill her due to his will to rescue his daughter and the fact that he was already infected by the mold.
  • In Revenant the player's character repeatedly threatens people with the sight of their own organs.
  • In Serious Sam 3: BFE, you can do this to Beheaded Rocketeers. And then you can toss it at others for an achievement.
  • In Shadow Warrior (1997) Rippers, gorilla-like monsters who love to rip you to shreds with their claws, rip out your heart while killing you. You still see it beating in their hands as you lie dead.
  • Done in Super Cosplay War Ultra, where one attack by Erus has her re-enact Killua's heart-ripping scene in Hunter × Hunter with her opponent. The attack only takes a 5th of their lifebar, and can be done multiple times.
  • In the Team Fortress 2 video "Meet the Medic", the Medic has removed the Heavy's heart in order to connect it to a scientific doodad that, in conjunction with a surge from his medigun, can render the Heavy invulnerable. The Heavy is awake the whole time, being kept alive by the running medigun mounted over the operating table. Too bad the Heavy's heart couldn't handle the power and it blew up. The Medic replaced it with a spare Mega-Baboon's heart with the Heavy none the wiser. The Heavy does wonder if he really should be awake during this procedure.
  • Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven features Tesshu as an unlockable character. While he uses needles as his main weapon, he also uses his brute strength for stealth kills, the most brutal is perhaps the one performed from the front of a target, where he rips out their heart and crushes it, accompanied by an x-ray of their beating heart as Tesshu grabs it.
  • Wind Child Black has the Black Knight do this to a military commander as revenge for the commander's participation in the genocide of the Knight's people. Being a sprite-based game made with RPG Maker, it's not terribly graphic.
  • In the World of Warcraft Goblin starter storyline for the "Cataclysm" expansion, your character has a lover that eventually betrays you to Gallywix(even hooking up with him if you're a male Goblin). Eventually, you get a mission to go after your ex and literally rip the cheating heart right out of their chest. You even get the heart as a quest reward.

    Web Animation 

  • In the Great Outdoor Fight story arc on Achewood, one of the competitors threatens to tear off [Ray's] Legs and piss up the stumps, to which Ray replies thusly
    "Man, that's crazy talk! A leg ain't got no holes where your urine can go."
  • Butch R. Mann of Chopping Block has tried this, but the victims never live long enough to see their own hearts.
  • Stories exist of Jeanne Noelle from The Dreadful force-feeding people pieces of themselves.
  • In Girl Genius, Bangladesh Dupree is a terrible patient until the head doctor explains he is willing to use this trope if she doesn't behave.
  • Looking for Group: Done by an Enfant Terrible Undead Child, no less.
    "The look on your face when a toddler rips out your heart and shows it to you. Priceless."
  • Questionable Content has a non-lethal foot example where a robotic law enforcement agent, Officer Basilisk, goes to a repair shop run by Faye and Bubbles due to her malfunctioning foot. She expresses discomfort about seeing people work on her foot, which eventually results in her actually fainting when Faye disconnects her foot and shows it to Basilisk. (The intent was benign but still traumatic).
  • Unsounded: Ruck kills Chorley by ripping out his heart, giving Chorley just enough time to see the bloodly mess before expiring.

    Web Original 

    Web Videos 
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd does this to himself after playing a 3-in-1 NES game based on The Bible, finally managing to beat one of the games, and getting a different ending than he expected:
    Nerd: But I'm aware that the last screen is supposed to be plain text that says "Give your heart to Jesus", but I'm not seeing it, so I'm assuming I'm supposed to beat all 3 games to see the true ending, and I'm not going through all that trouble, although I will give my heart to Jesus. [plunges his hand into his chest and rips out his own heart, then starts screaming in pain] GAH! AAHH JESUS!
    • In the episode on Ninja Gaiden, James adapts the Wayne's World quote to express his frustration at the game's legendary difficulty: "...they don't even have the fucking courtesy to refill your life bar! That is sadistic! Whoever programmed this thing, I wanna rip their fucking heart out of their ass and show it to them so they can see how cold and black it is before they die!"
  • Escape the Night: In Season 2 Episode 7, "Automaton Love Story", the person who loses the death challenge is killed by having their heart ripped out by a Promethean. It's notoriously one of the most brutal and quite literally heart-wrenching elimination methods in the entire series.

    Western Animation 
  • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultron is defeated (the first time) by the Hulk ripping his body open and Ant-Man tearing out his power source, which is located where his heart would be.
  • In the Beavis and Butt-Head episode "Tornado", this is what Beavis thinks tornadoes can do to people.
  • Family Guy
    • "Family Guy Viewer Mail No. 1" has a scene where, as his first wish from a genie, Peter wishes to see what Kelly Ripa is like off-set. She's revealed to be an alien who rips out the heart of a guy who's Bound and Gagged in her dressing room before eating it.
    • "Family Goy" does this as a throw-away gag/Temple of Doom homage: Stewie, annoyed by Meg's interrupting his pre-meal prayer, rips out her heart, turning her into a chanting zombie.
  • Futurama:
    • Done for comedy in the episode "Roswell that Ends Well". Apparently, Zoidberg has a LOT of redundant organs, as he is able to provide a running commentary on his autopsy, while the doctors take out at least 5 organs and place them aside.
      Doctor: One heart.
      Zoidberg: Take, I've got four of them!
    • Also:
      Zoidberg: Get ready Fry; I'm going to rip your swim bladder out AND SHOW IT TO YOU!
    • And during a war reenactment:
      Darth Trocious: I shall rip out your heart and show it to you! [taps Scruffy with toy lightsaber] It is done!
  • This is the nightmare demon Spooky Dookie's M.O. in Major Lazer. Of course, when you die in your dreams, you die for real.
  • In the extended version of "Robot Riot" from Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Danny of Love Händel gets one of these on a Norm-bot:
    Danny: I'm gonna shut you down, I'm teaching you a lesson: Rip out your CPU and show it to you still processing!
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "New Kid on the Block", after Bart learns the girl next door (whom he has a crush on) has a boyfriend, Bart imagines her ripping out his heart and kicking it away to land in a wastebasket.
    • After angering a temple of Shaolin monks in "Goo Goo Gai Pan", one of them rips out Homer's heart, shows it to him, and puts it back. Homer just hopes he washed his hands first.
    • Conversational Troping about Bart's karate lessons in "When Flanders Failed":
      Bart: I learned that thing where you rip out a guy's heart and show it to him before he dies!
      Homer: That'll learn 'em!
    • In "Midnight Towboy", Homer becomes a tow truck driver and is warned by a rival;
      Rival: If I catch you on my turf, I'll rip your head off, vomit down your neck, rip out your heart, show your heart to your head, and shove 'em both down your neck-hole, to which I previously alluded.
    • In the "Treehouse of Horror IX" segment "Hell Toupee", Homer, possessed by the recently deceased Snake after obtaining a hair transplant from him following the latter's execution, kills Moe by removing his heart with a corkscrew.
    • In the "Treehouse of Horror XXVI" segment "Wanted: Dead, then Alive", after impaling Bart with a Harpoon Gun, Sideshow Bob adds insult to injury and twists it further by yanking the projectile from Bart's chest, ripping out his heart as he does so! Bonus points as Bart sees the hole in his chest, then looks at Bob holding his heart as he utters out his last words before dying.
    • In "How I Wet Your Mother", Homer finds himself wetting his bed and thinks it's guilt-induced, so he throws a barbecue with a piñata of himself that was complete with a papier-mache heart. Carl removes it and then beats it with the bat that he hit the piñata with.
  • A variant in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "No Weenies Allowed": in order to be allowed entrance into the Salty Spitoon, Reg the doorman asks people how tough they are. When Sandy comes up, she proves her toughness by ripping the "MOM" heart tattoo off Reg's chest and putting it back on upside-down so that it now reads "WOW".
  • A variant in Teen Titans Go! when Raven pulls Beast Boy's heart out through his mouth, but it's still connected to his circulatory system and it slings back into place when she lets it go.
  • In Transformers: Prime, Bulkhead once tore the spark chamber out of a Vehicon he was fighting. The round object with several wires attached to it very much resembles a heart.
  • One episode of Xiaolin Showdown showed Past!Good!Chase Young ripping a heart-shaped rock out of a golem in one move. The next shot is from the golem's POV, which blurs and dims as it collapses. The only possible way they got away with that is because it was a rock monster rather than a flesh-and-blood human.

    Real Life 
  • The old English execution method of hanging, drawing, and quartering reserved for male commoner traitors and a few particularly odious male noble ones, did this with the condemned's intestines and "Privy-Members" as part of the "drawing" section of the punishment (which started after the victim had been hanged only half to death). In many cases, they would set the aforementioned organs on fire as they did so.
    • Other organs could get into the "drawing" as well, at least according to some accounts: One story has it that when Sir Everard Digby, one of Guy Fawkes' gunpowder plotters, was hanged, drawn, and quartered, the executioner got really into the "drawing", tore out Digby's heart, and cried, "Here is the heart of a traitor!" The slightly implausible part of the story is that Digby came back to life just long enough to shout "Thou liest!"
  • The Khmer Rouge (allegedly) used to cut out their enemies' livers and gall bladders, and sometimes are reported to have put the liver on a stick and parade around with it. It's apparently surprising how long someone can survive while their liver is outside their body.
  • MMA fighter Jarrod Wyatt apparently ripped out his training partner's heart (along with tongue and most of his face) because he thought Satan was in him after getting high on "mushroom tea". According to the Daily Mail (so take that as you will), Taylor Powell was still alive when the heart came out, so it might fit under here as well.
  • The Aztecs did this with their captives. They thrust a dagger under the ribs of the victim, yanked their heart out, and held it up as an offering of blood to their gods.
  • A prisoner named Henri Languille, condemned to the Guillotine, became part of a scientific experiment. Immediately upon decapitation, Dr. Beaurieux took the head and spoke the prisoner's name until the eyes stopped responding and looking in the doctor's eyes. Because no EEG was attached, nobody knows whether it was a conscious mental or unconscious muscle/nerve response. One might assume the prisoner got a glimpse of his own body in those few seconds between being severed and unconscious. Since it takes a few seconds for the brain to run out of oxygen after blood flow is cut off (either literally, as in the case of decapitation, or in the form of the heart stopping), it's at least possible that a severed head would be able to see and recognize its own body in that brief time.
    • Which is why the Guillotine is now considered by many to be an unnecessarily cruel death, despite having been specifically chosen for the opposite purpose: in a search for a painless execution method, it ends up being mentally painful because it's not physically painful enough. Of course, it could be averted by simply, you know, not lifting the head up for everyone to see.
  • With the chemical magic of plastination, someone's heart can be shown to many people for as long as required!
  • Occasionally, a heart-transplant patient with sufficient scientific and/or morbid curiosity will request, and perhaps even be granted, the chance to see their original heart after their operation.
    • Some, mostly biology teachers, even keep their original hearts in Tupperware containers.
  • When the leaders of the Dutch Republic caught Balthasar Gérard, the assassin of William the Silent, they decreed that among other things his heart was to be cut out and flung in his face.
  • In 1966, American Dr. Sam Axelrad amputated the arm of Viet Cong soldier Nguyen Quang Hung, who had been shot by American soldiers. The arm was amputated to prevent further infection, and Axelrad took the arm home as a souvenir. 47 years later, Axelrad returned the bones of the arm to Hung.
  • A surprisingly benign example: a doctor in Dallas wants to show heart transplant patients their old hearts in person in order to encourage them to eat healthier and exercise more.
  • For a non-horrifying variant: dentists will sometimes show a patient the tooth they just extracted if they ask, as some people are legitimately curious.


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Doviculus disposes of Drowned Ophelia after she outlives her usefulness.

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