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How come the first paragraph refers to the killed cutie with gender neutral pronouns but the second refers to them as "a girl" and "her"? According to the trope description the character just has to be lovable, innocent, etc., being Always Female isn't required.
If someone wants to rewrite it to not be a Take That! against TV Tropes, feel free and then it can be added back. Otherwise, Statler And Waldorf stingers aren't supposed to be used that way.
The replacement apparently had problems too. It was:
And the fourth line was later edited to be:
The reason "this show" gets used in these stingers is to be as non-specific as possible, so that no one can accuse us of bias against particular works. (And before anyone raises the issue, it can't be avoided with Statler And Waldorf stingers on works pages, given how the stingers usually work. On trope pages though...)
Either way, let's discuss this.
Killing the cutie can often lead to people putting a series down in shock(at said cutie's death),and disgust(at the auther,who probably hated the cutie enough to want to kill her in the first place).
Sometimes the death of a certain cutie is useful in giving the series in question more spice. Arguably I have not seen a lot of this executed nicely, but it is not nonexistent either. On the second point, while it is common sense to feel disgust toward the author, an occurence of Kill the Cutie could turn into a testament of the series's excellence if readers are able to return to it despite said cutie's death.
If The Cutie is broken to the point of being Driven to Suicide is it still this trope?
I don't know, but it still would rip my heart out!
On the topic of pictures, I say we should put a shot of the classic Aerith dying by Sephiroth up there, primarily because it's one of the few moments out there that is hit so hard by It Was His Sled and actually involves the killing of said cutie that it would make a good image to represent the trope and not spoil anything.
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