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Basic Trope: A character's death is horrible, unorthodox, and painful.

  • Straight: Bob is slashed apart by Overlord Steve in nonvital areas several times and is forced to watch himself bleed out.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is slashed, blown up, dragged by his hair through a wood chipper, and tossed into the sea.
    • Alternatively, Bob’s ribs are forcefully ripped out of his back, he is skewered to a live horse’s back, and the horse is sent to run in a corridor with a large sandpaper roof. After this, he is to be thrown into a sea of peppercorns.
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  • Downplayed: Family-Unfriendly Death.
  • Justified:
    • An ordinary death is uncertain, and Steve knows that if that happens, it would come back to bite him. So, he wants to make sure he finishes the job.
    • Steve is out to set an example to anyone else who dares stand up to him.
    • Steve is a sadist and enjoys this sort of thing.
    • Bob is a total psychopath who deserves far worse than the dignity of a bullet to the head.
  • Inverted:
    • Steve's conventional attempt to kill Bob backfires horribly.
    • Bob's resurrection is incredibly painful.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob survives.
    • Bob turns out to have already died before the horrible and painful stuff happened, and everything else was just overkill.
  • Double Subverted: Bob survives, but the experience is so traumatic that he's Driven to Suicide.
  • Parodied: Bob is getting snuggled to death by kittens, who he cowers like a little girl in the presence of.
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  • Zig Zagged: Bob suffers an incredibly gruesome death viewed by his entire family, but it later turns out that he's alive. Steve finds him first, though, and shoots him, but the shot missed.
  • Averted: Bob's death is not very gruesome and somewhat anti-climactic.
  • Enforced:
    • "I don't think anyone likes Bob. We have to make the audience feel sorry for him somehow."
    • "Okay, it's the grand finale. Steve's a bad dude, right? We've gotta' show that he's really paying for his crimes!"
  • Lampshaded: "Why are villains always doing this to us? It's like they want us to know how evil they are to the very end!"
  • Invoked: As revenge for killing Alex, Steve intends to humiliate Bob by brutalizing him.
  • Exploited: Bob manipulates Steve into torturing him to death, hoping it gives Alice enough time to Back Stab Steve and heal him.
  • Defied:
    • Steve decided that even Bob didn't deserve what was about to happen and stopped it.
    • Steve chides Bob for thinking he'd do something as inefficient as torture and shoots him.
  • Discussed: "I'm going to enjoy doing this. You know why, Bob? Because I love to hear you scream. Give me one last chance to before our little squabble ends once and for all."
  • Conversed: "I'm not looking forward to this, Alice. You know how villains always torture people while they kill them."
  • Implied: Bob's death is a Gory Discretion Shot, the camera panning to the audience with various looks of terror and disgust.

I watched this blank page have its letters punched into it. Slowly. Letter by letter by letter. How dare you, editor?

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