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This page covers all of the various death tropes used in Haven.

Intentional killingsEdit

Most people who die in Haven are killed by the Troubled unintentionally. It's not just that most Troubled murders are accidental, most of the time the person isn't even aware of what they are doing. Intentional deaths are unusual, and intentional deaths that are not Troubled deaths are even more so. See Homicide as suicide for cases where Troubled murders involve suicide.

Non-Troubled killingsEdit

These deaths were both purposeful and did not use a Trouble as a method of death. This list includes those killed by the Troubled for a non-Trouble related reason and not using a Trouble.

Katarina Hall, Felicia Brody and Leith Glendower all used a Trouble as a cover for their murder. Each of them is caught by an Absence of Evidence.

Police & self-defense killingsEdit

Mass murderersEdit

Mass murderers kill several people in a single incident.

Spree killersEdit

Spree killers kill in regular intervals of weeks or days, if they don't simply go on a murderous rampage that usually ends only when someone captures or kills them.

Serial killersEdit

A Serial Killer is someone who commits multiple murders, in separate incidents with at least a few days in between killings. The minimum death toll to be classified as a serial killer is 3-5 people, providing they were killed in separate incidents over a period of more than 30 days.

Crocker bloodlineEdit

The Crocker Trouble destroys the Trouble in a bloodline at the cost of a human life, making them Hunters of Their Own Kind. The Crocker Trouble is also addictive causing Murder Makes You Crazy. This combination seems designed to create serial killers. The Crockers and their allies believe that Murder Is The Best Solution.

Once activated Wade Crocker became a spree killer, killing at least 5 people in the space of a few days including Jordan McKee.[21] Roy Crocker and Simon Crocker worked as Professional Killers for the Guard.[13][27] Duke Crocker is the only Crocker who has managed to avoid becoming a serial killer. He has only killed twice: he killed Harry Nix at a point where Nix was already on the verge of death in order to say over twenty lives and he killed his brother, Wade, in self-defense.

The Crocker bloodline is also strongly tied to suicide themes, especially Death Is The Only Option. Jenny Meers' grandfather asked to Simon Crocker to kill him, something that Simon implied was not an usual request.[5] Both Kyle Hopkins and Tyler used Duke's Trouble to commit suicide, though only Hopkins intended to commit suicide.[5][28] Aiden Driscoll asked Duke to kill him, but Duke refused, both unwilling to kill his friend and no longer able to take his curse away.[22]

High body count TroublesEdit

Lots of Troubles are deadly, but few wrack up high body counts without the Troubled person exploiting their deadly Trouble to purposefully kill. In the first three seasons only three Troubles have a body count of three or higher without intentional deaths. In Season 4, once the Troubles have accelerated, high body count Troubles are the norm, and no longer the exception.

Suicide & self-destructionEdit

Suicide themes are not only tied to the Crocker bloodline. Everyone reacts differently to finding out that they are Troubled. Most people are overwhelmed with guilt for the destruction they're wrought and the lives they cost. Some of these people can hold it together. Therapy helps.[note 6] But some people simply can't hold it together and they kill themselves. Sometimes this is a form of self-punishment and sometimes they simply don't know how to control their Trouble and think that Death Is The Only Option. This may take the form of a Heroic Sacrifice but more often than not it's a Stupid Sacrifice. After dealing with the Troubles for so long, some people go from Not Afraid To Die to ouright Death Seekers often turning into Martyrs Without A Cause.

Sometimes death really is the only answer and then Driven To Suicide or sometimes even outright homicide is invoked. This forces one of the protagonists, usually Parker, to Shoot The Dog. She's only called out for this twice: after shooting Reverend Driscoll and after asking Crocker to kill Harry Nix.[4][6] She responds with the classic "I Did What I Had To Do". Only once does this happen to someone other than Parker. When Parker and Wuornos talk Wesley Toomey into committing suicide, Crocker calls Wuornos out for this behavior.[16]

Self-sacrificeEdit

Most of these deaths or intended deaths are not actually necessary, and therefore not Heroic Sacrifices. These deaths are largely variations of suicide by cop, where the person does not want to live with what they've done and provokes their own death.

  • Piper Taylor - Stupid Sacrifice - Taylor let her Troubled animals attack and kill her. Not only was this not the only option, but it risked the life of her son, Landon who only lived due to his mother's Trouble.[36]
  • Garland Wuornos - Heroic Suicides - Wuornos pulled his cracking Trouble into himself, self-destructing in order to save the town of Haven. This is seemingly a legitimate sacrifice as Parker, who innately knows how to combat the Troubles sees no other option and refuses to help Nathan talk him down.[14]
  • Anson Shumway - Stupid Sacrifice - Shumway steps in front of a car in order to stop anyone else from being hurt. There's absolutely no need for this, as while his time-loop Trouble is triggered by guilt, no one had to be hit by the car. Had he waited on the curb the way Parker had instructed him to, the car would have passed by, no one would have died and Shumway, with nothing to feel guilty over would not have triggered a repeat of the day.[37]
  • Kyle Hopkins - Stupid Sacrifice - Hopkins impales himself on a knife in Duke Crocker's hand in order to make sure that his unborn child isn't Troubled. This is beyond unnecessary. His ghost Trouble can presumably be avoided by making sure that his child does not become a grave-digger.[5]
  • Moira - Sacrificial Revival Spell - Moira kills herself in order to resurrect both her sister Noelle and Nathan Wuornos.[38]
  • Jordan McKee - death seeker - McKee cannot continue living with her Trouble and by Season 4 has become a death seeker. She uses her Trouble on the living blood, not knowing whether or not it would kill her.[31] She later kidnaps Vince Teagues and activates Wade Crocker's Trouble. And even though Crocker is aware of her Trouble and his started wearing leather gloves to get around her defenses and he has shown himself to be recklessly violent, unhinged and addicted to power, she meets him alone in his car. This time she doesn't make it.[32]
  • Nathan Wuornos - Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You combined with Heroic Suicide, only to be revealed to be Senseless Sacrifice. This revelation fortunately comes just before he goes through with it.[39][22]

Driven to suicideEdit

  • Wesley Toomey is driven to suicide when Wuornos and Parker convince him to walk into the light and be abducted by "aliens". Crocker points out that this isn't any different from killing him, and Wuornos defends their actions, saying that maybe the aliens were real.[16]

Homicide as suicideEdit

There's being driven to suicide and then there's outright homicide masquerading as suicide.

  • Matt West dies by his own Trouble when Parker talks him into unknowingly killing himself.[3]
  • Cornell Stamoran is killed by his own clone. For Stamoran, this is homicide. For his clone, this is both homicide and suicide, as his existence is dependent on Stamoran.[40]
  • Tyler uses his ability to take over people's bodies by forcing them to commit suicide. He forces Brian to slit his throat, Katie to jump in front of a car and the orderly to shoot a needle full of air into his heart. He then kills himself while in Duke Crocker's body. This last, unusual death is a suicide (Tyler kills himself), a homicide (Duke's body kills Tyler), an attempted homicide (Tyler attempts to keep Duke's body by destroying his own) and an accidental death (Tyler had no clue that Duke was Troubled or that Duke's Trouble would end his own).[28]

ResurrectionEdit

Death isn't exactly cheap in Haven, but it's not always permanent either.

  • Landon Taylor died in a house fire. His mother, Piper, stuffed his body and used her Trouble to reanimate him. Landon's unnamed wife is an example of Fire Keeps It Dead-Piper is unable to bring her back because she's too badly burned.[36]
  • Kyle Hopkins' Trouble brings back the ghosts of everyone he body he buried. As he's a grave digger, this is a lot of people.[5]
  • Both the ghosts and the reanimated animals follow the principle of No Ontological Inertia. The exception to this is that somehow, Landon survives his mothers death.
  • Noelle and Moira's have a resurrection Trouble. Once activated if they lay their hands on a dead person before sundown on the day of their death. They can only resurrect one person at a time without being killed in the process. One of their victims, Rica Hamilton, Wakes Up At The Morgue.

See Tropes: Time travel for death and resurrection tropes involving time travel.

Death by genderEdit

Men Are The Expendable Gender is completely averted in Haven:

  • Numerical aversion: The male to female death rate is approximately 3:1.8, almost exactly the same ratio as Haven's gender gap (approximately 3:1.8).
  • Gore aversion: Haven does typically use Gory Discretion Shots, but equally. Bodies are equally gory. In Season 3, a serial killer goes around killing female victims, slicing off their body parts and burning their corpses.
  • Thematic aversion: More important female characters are killed then the men, but the male deaths have more impact. Garland Wuornos has a Meaningful Memorial[39] and also has a Grave Marking Scene.[5] Simon Crocker gets a Grave Marking Scene[5] (even though he died years before the series started) and Wade Crocker gets a Meaningful Funeral.[22] Reverend Driscoll gets an edition of the Haven Herald dedicated to eulogizing him.[27] Roy Crocker gets an emotional death holding his grandsons hand.[13] None of the women have funerals, memorials or visible graves.[note 7]
  • Character aversion: The rate of female killers to male killers is appx. 3:2.2, a slightly higher rate of female killers. The female killers are no more sympathetic than the male killers, and often they are less.

Other death tropesEdit

Murder tropesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Sheila is considered to have been murdered by Arlo, and not Bill (who pulled the trigger) because we saw Arlo arrange her murder and that Bill was unawares.
  2. Bruce is considered to have murdered Kurt, despite the fact that his sister Annie used him to get her revenge, because he was aware of what he was doing.
  3. This is the only intentional killing in Season 3 that is not the work of a spree or serial killer.
  4. Although McShaw's death was not related to a Trouble, his name was found on Driscoll's "Citizens Killed by the Cursed" list. Driscoll likely assumed that McShaw had died because of his brother's rot inducing Trouble.
  5. It is unknown if Seth Hughes was Krebbs' first victim, the robber, or if he was someone who got in Krebbs' way after the robbery.
  6. In Season 4, every episode uses suicidal tropes and multiple main characters become death seekers. This could simply be a reflection of how bad things have gotten. But odds are, the town losing their only therapist really didn't help.
  7. Jordan McKee's body is seen, but the creepy underwater dumping ground of a serial killer is generally not considered touching.[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Sketchy"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "As You Were"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "The Hand You're Dealt"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Who, What, Where, Wendigo?"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 "Sins of the Fathers"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "The Farmer"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Thanks For The Memories"
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Consumed"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Sparks and Recreation"
  10. "The Tides That Bind"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 "Lockdown"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Fear & Loathing"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "Sarah"
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Spiral"
  15. "Magic Hour: Part 1
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 "301"
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Burned"
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Stay"
  19. "Last Goodbyes"
  20. 20.0 20.1 "Real Estate"
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 "Lay Me Down"
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 "Crush"
  23. "William"
  24. "The Trouble With Troubles"
  25. "Shot in the Dark"
  26. 26.0 26.1 "When the Bough Breaks"
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 "Business As Usual"
  28. 28.0 28.1 "The New Girl"
  29. "Over My Head"
  30. 30.0 30.1 "Survivors"
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 "Bad Blood"
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 "Countdown"
  33. "[[Haven Herald/ Funeral For Victim Of Spanish Influenza Held This Past Sunday|Funeral For Victim Of Spanish Influenza Held This Past Sunday]]"
  34. "Roots"
  35. 35.0 35.1 "Double Jeopardy"
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 "Fur"
  37. "Audrey Parker's Day Off"
  38. "Magic Hour: Part 2"
  39. 39.0 39.1 "Fallout"
  40. 40.0 40.1 "Friend or Faux"
  41. "The Trial of Audrey Parker"
  42. "A Tale of Two Audreys"
  43. "Ball and Chain"
  44. "Ain't No Sunshine
  45. "Silent Night"
  46. "Reunion"

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