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Basic Trope: Your loved one turns into a monster and you have to kill them.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob are fighting a group of vampires when Bob gets bitten and begins to show signs of turning. Alice reluctantly stakes him.
  • Exaggerated: Alice has had to stake every person she's ever even slightly cared about, because vampires, werewolves, zombies, and other monsters keep turning them.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob are fighting a group of vampires when Bob gets bitten and begins to show signs of turning. Alice uses a ring of garlic and other wards to keep him contained.
  • Justified:
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    • Alice knows Bob wouldn't want to live as a vicious monster with no morality.
    • When Bob turns, he becomes a threat, whether to herself or others. Alice dare not risk having that threat around.
  • Inverted: Alice and Bob are fighting a group of vampires when Bob gets bitten and shows signs of turning. The vamped-out Bob then turns on Alice and kills her.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice and Bob are fighting vampires when Bob gets bitten and starts to show signs of turning. Alice is about to stake him when she hears about a possible cure and simply traps him with garlic instead.
    • Alice suddenly decides can't bear to live without Bob no matter the cost... so she allows herself to be turned as well.
  • Double Subverted: ...But the cure doesn't work. Alice reluctantly stakes the fully transformed Bob.
  • Parodied: Bob dyes his hair red to see if he likes it. A horrified Alice treats him like he's transformed into some terrible monster and tries to "put him out of his misery."
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  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: No one in the story transforms into a monster.
  • Enforced: The author wants a dramatic Tear Jerker scene.
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Dracone the vampire kidnaps and bites Bob and then leaves him for Alice to find.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

[sniff] You ready? You'd better redlink Staking the Loved One now.
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