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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