Literal Cliff Hanger/Playing With

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    Basic Trope: A character is hanging off a cliff's edge or otherwise over a long drop.

    • Straight: Billy, The Bully, hangs Helen in a flagpole as revenge for spilling chocolate on him.
    • Exaggerated: Helen, clinging by a mere pinky finger, hangs over the edge of the Grand Canyon.
    • Justified: The area they live is known for falling accidents, making her death easy to look like an accident.
    • Inverted: Billy decides to have Helen Buried Alive.
    • Subverted: Bob decides not to leave Helen on a flagpole and prepares to leave her Chained to a Railway.
    • Double Subverted: Realizing a public demise would be better (and the 3:15 train doesn't arrive until 4:00), Bob takes her back and leaves her hanging.
    • Parodied: Helen clings to dear life over a drop of 10 centimetres.
    • Deconstructed: ???
    • Reconstructed: ???
    • Zig Zagged: ???
    • Averted: ???
    • Enforced: ???
    • Lampshaded: ???
    • Invoked: After Billy pushes Helen over the cliff, Bob shouts out to her "Try to catch something!"
    • Exploited: ???
    • Defied: ???
    • Discussed: ???
    • Conversed: ???

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