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Basic Trope: A character teases someone, so the one being teased kills the teaser.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob are fighting at night and Alice mockingly says, "Isn't it past your bedtime, Bobby?!" so Bob kills her.
  • Exaggerated: Bob mutilates Alice just for smirking at him.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified: Bob has no moral compass and is an experienced assassin.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice is a ghost and she makes the "past your bedtime" joke. Bob resurrects her.
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    • Alice expresses her respect for Bob, but he kills her anyway.
  • Subverted: Bob stabs Alice, but she survives and gets medical attention.
  • Double Subverted: Bob kills her later anyway.
  • Parodied:
  • Zigzagged: Alice, Carol, Dan, and Edward all tease Bob. Bob kills Alice, spares Carol, tries unsuccessfully to kill Dan, and Edward runs away before Bob can even try to kill him.
  • Averted:
    • Bob does not kill Alice even though she teased him.
    • Alice does not mock Bob.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "You insulted me?! Die!"
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: With Alice out of the way, Bob can do what she was preventing him from doing.
  • Defied:
    • Alice refuses to provoke Bob.
    • Bob decides killing Alice because she mocked him isn't worth it.
  • Discussed: "Never tease Bob— the last person to do so is now dead!"
  • Conversed: "Ooh, that character is mocking their opponent. Hope they don't die."
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  • Implied: Bob is seen shooting at Alice, but it's never revealed if she's dead or alive.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played for Laughs: The death is played for Black Comedy.
  • Played for Drama: Alice's death is a very sad, dramatic moment.

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