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Basic Trope: Someone does something stupid, and it leads to their death or serious injury.

  • Straight: Alice kicked a crocodile. The crocodile bit Alice's head off as a result.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice kicked a large dog. She sustained many serious injuries and ended up in a hospital.
    • The Ditz
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Alice kicked the crocodile while it was still sleeping. It did not move.
    • It was a Thanatos Gambit.
  • Double Subverted: However, as it slowly wakes up, Alice just stood by, watching it. The crocodile ate Alice.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Alice kicks a crocodile, and it tries to kill her, but is too slow. Later on, though, she crosses paths with the crocodile again, and it eats her. Another character says that the crocodile must have recognized her from before and was carrying a grudge, though it's pointed out that the crocodile is not likely to remember Alice fully.
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  • Averted: Alice didn't do anything stupid.
  • Enforced: Alice needs to be removed from the show quickly, and Put on a Bus is not an option.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Alice, how have you managed to stay alive so far?"
    • "Eh, let her die. There's no saving her."
  • Invoked: Cassie dares Alice to kick the crocodile. Doing so makes Alice crocodile food.
  • Exploited: Cassie does so to have Bob to herself.
  • Defied: Cassie stopped Alice from kicking the crocodile and explained to Alice clearly why it is not a good idea.
  • Discussed: "The way Alice behaves around dangerous animals, she won't live very long."
  • Conversed: "Alice kicked a crocodile in last week's episode. No prizes awarded for guessing what happens next."
  • Played for Laughs: A Black Comedy about fatally stupid mistakes.
  • Played for Drama: Alice knows that everyone needs her to stay alive, so she does stupid things so people get hurt or killed bailing her out.

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