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Basic Trope: A person who is sick in bed is murdered, presumably in hopes that it will be passed off as a natural death.

  • Straight: Alice disguises herself as a doctor, visits Bob at a hospital, and gives him a lethal injection.
  • Exaggerated: Alice disguises herself as a doctor, goes to a hospital and moves from bed to bed giving every patient a lethal injection.
  • Downplayed: Alice disguises herself as a doctor, visits Bob at a hospital, and gives him a non-lethal injection that will send him into a coma.
  • Justified:
    • Alice wants Bob out of the way, and the cover of a natural death serves her purposes.
    • Bob is normally a force to be reckoned with, so Alice reasons that her best chance of taking him out of the picture is when he is already weakened.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice visits Bob in hospital, and he kills her.
    • Alice disguises herself as a doctor and saves Bob's life, possibly because the real doctor is incompetent.
  • Subverted: Alice tries to poison Bob while he is on his sickbed, but he gets better.
  • Double Subverted: ...then has a relapse and dies.
  • Parodied: Charlie witnesses Alice killing Bob and the two have an argument similar to the "Dead Parrot" sketch from Monty Python, with Alice repeatedly saying that Bob's not really dead.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice does not kill Bob on his sickbed.
  • Enforced: The author wants to show that Alice has crossed the Moral Event Horizon.
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  • Lampshaded:
    Bob: (sees the knife in Alice's hand) You're not here to wish me well, are you.
    Alice: Nope.
  • Invoked: Alice hears that Bob is in the hospital, and sees it as the perfect chance to murder him.
  • Exploited: Charlie films the murder, and uses the film footage to blackmail Alice.
  • Defied:
    • Bob kills Alice before she can kill him.
    • Charlie sees Alice about to kill Bob and kills her first.
  • Discussed: "Bob's in the hospital. It should be easy to finish him off there."
  • Conversed: "How did Alice fool all those doctors? This story already made no sense!"
  • Deconstructed: The autopsy reveals that Bob was poisoned. Killing Bob in his condition was easy, but evading punishment will be significantly more difficult.
  • Reconstructed: Alice already has an escape plan in motion, so killing Bob is a matter of possibility rather than discretion.

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