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Basic Trope: Someone cuts off a contaminated body part to halt the contamination.

  • Straight: Bob gets bitten on the hand by a werewolf. He cuts his hand off to keep from turning.
  • Exaggerated: Bob gets bitten on the finger by a werewolf. He cuts his entire arm off to keep from turning.
  • Downplayed: Bob cuts his hand off to slow the spread so he can get cured.
  • Justified: Amputation has been proven effective, and Bob would rather lose an arm his humanity.
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  • Inverted: Bob needs to become a werewolf to protect the others, and it needs to happen fast, so he cuts off his hand and gets that arm bitten so the infection goes directly into his bloodstream.
  • Subverted: Bob gets bitten on the hand by a werewolf. He looks over at a nearby axe...but it turns out he's only going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the werewolf.
  • Double Subverted: ...But when he comes back, he cuts the bitten hand off to stop the spread.
  • Zigzagged: ???
  • Parodied: Bob cuts his bitten hand off to keep from turning, but werewolves don't spread through bites.
  • Averted: There is no source of poisoning/contamination in the story.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded:
    Bob: Remember — even if you get bitten, you won't turn if you amputate the limb.
  • Invoked: Bob gets bitten on the hand by a werewolf. Alice hands him a knife and a tourniquet.
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  • Exploited: Dracone starts up a prosthetics business, knowing lots of people have cut their limbs off to halt the spread of the infection and that they will need replacement limbs.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Bob gets bitten on the hand by a werewolf. He retreats into his room carrying a knife, and, after some pained grunting sounds, comes back out with a freshly bandaged stump.
  • Deconstructed: Bob cuts off the arm and even manages to bandage it, but blood flows faster than humans can cut, and he becomes a werewolf anyway.
  • Reconstructed: However, because he cut the bitten limb off, he becomes a werewolf more slowly, given that the contamination was concentrated in the wound. He turns slowly enough that the others can find some way to suppress the transformation before he loses his mind.

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