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Aza
Writer Jonny Sims has confirmed the Admiral will remain safe (and is in general not into pet death).
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Does an animal die?
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Aza
pigs, cattle, lots of abattoir scenes + evil spiders and a bunch of evil bugs
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infini
There are no overly gruesome descriptions, but in MAG 30: Killing Floor, the setting is a slaughterhouse so there are frank discussions of animal death and abuse.
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Rachael Jordan Williams
Random teeth collections are a recurring theme in a lot of episodes.
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zilleaxolotl
Syringes only come up once, and minorly. The episode MAG 62 First Edition has a scene where a character watches a doctor murder a patient with a syringe of poison. The episode is a bit important as it's the backstory of a recurring character, but the scene is short and can be skipped. The scene is from timestamp 12:05 to 13:03 Also, in one episode (MAG 45 Blood Bag), mosquitoes attack people, and that might not count for everyone but it upset me so I might as well mention it.
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Aza
LOTS of bugs. Worms are a central part of almost all of season 1, and various bugs (and spiders) remain relevant through the rest of the show.
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Rachael Jordan Williams
Creepy clown horror is a major theme of the first three seasons.
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Are there incestuous relationships?
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673
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Onyxior
There are occasionally screams of pain and shouts mid argument that can be very surprising.
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Rachael Jordan Williams
Some episodes feature spiders prominently; a main character has been haunted by spiders since childhood.
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It's an audio medium. You'll be fine
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Keladry
There's a car accident in episode 70, "Book of the Dead," as a possible nasty death for a statement giver. It's a quick mention, but does linger on how the speaker would die (canon-typical violence) and might be triggering for some. Section is 10:22 to 11:00 for anyone who needs to skip.
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Keladry
A newborn was killed in the most recent episode (Ep. 155, "Cost of Living"). The episode does not linger on this.
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DouglastheDragon01
I forget what episode it is, but when a minor character is being born, her mother is burned on a ceremonial fire while giving birth. It is not lingered on, and there are no sound effects of the actual event. It is told through a former cult member telling their story
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Aza
in the sense that no one is safe"; the survival/death rate so far is pretty equal between LGBT and non-LGBT characters.
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Keladry
Most statements don't end well, and writer Jonny Sims has consistently alluded to the series as a whole being a tragedy. It's still ongoing though.
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DouglastheDragon01
Quite a few times, and one of the minor antagonists deals mainly in the, let's just say "adjustment" of bones.
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infini
MAG 150 features a main character who cheats on his significant other.
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Aza
- in statements, many occurrences of suicide or things that look like it, sometimes very violently, sometimes mundane, sometimes through supernatural means. Characters are often supernaturally manipulated into putting themselves in danger, or driven to suicide after trauma. At least one case of death by hanging (MAG008), 2 self-immolations (MAG037 and MAG055), a few jumpings (MAG046, MAG075), some self-stabbings. S4 adds: 124 (a supernatural being jumps out of a high place (probably surviving it) and a man's murder is covered up in-universe as being a suicide), 125 (a supernaturally-frenzied man impales himself on own weapon); neither involve mental illness or suicide ideation. - (S3 SPOILER) A main character more or less deliberately sacrifices themself while in a bad place psychologically, and being explicitly referred to as having a death wish. (Episode: MAG119)
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Aza
I don't remember any actual detailed deaths by drowning, but a few close experiences described in more or less detail: - MAG51: a diver almost drowns in the ocean - MAG088: a corpse found, theorized to have drowned stupidly - MAG109: a character almost drowns in supernaturally-deep water - MAG033 and MAG115: references to sailors being thrown overboard, a corpse found in the water
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Rachael Jordan Williams
More commonly, people just fall endlessly as a form of torture...
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Keladry
A recent statement-giver (ep. 155) has a near-death experience following a seizure.
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infini
MAG 90: Body Builder has discussions of extreme body dysmorphia, unhealthy self-image, and alludes very heavily to eating disorders, though the subject itself is not directly discussed.
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Keladry
Recurring (deceased) character has a brain tumor
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DouglastheDragon01
Since this is a podcast, there are no concrete visuals of characters and, I don't believe any of the characters have specific races.
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infini
Two major characters' backstories involve having antagonistic relationships with emotionally abusive parents. Some statement givers mention having bad relations with their parents but in most cases it is an offhand comment, and not overtly detailed.
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zilleaxolotl
It technically doesn't happen, but in the episode MAG 70 Book of the Dead a character reads a disturbing prediction that he will die when he is hit by a car and trapped. It doesn't actually happen and the actual crash is only briefly described
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Onyxior
One of the main characters is kidnapped 3 times over the course of S2, once for over a month, and during this time is also threatened with death, bodily harm and tortured via induced vertigo.
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Aza
Characters occasionally hesitate on what is the appropriate pronoun to use for monsters (she" or "him" vs "it"). At least one monster calls itself an "it" and is sometimes still referred to as "him", but it doesn't appear to be a big deal. A character-of-the-episode mentions (vaguely) having some difficulties when she was outed as being trans, but with no mention of misgendering. She is consistently referred to with the correct gender before and after we learn that she is trans. (Episode: MAG100)
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Keladry
Episodes 19 and 20 "Confession" and "Desecrated Host" are completely centered around demonic possession. There are other similar experiences frequently throughout the series.
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Keladry
And Jonny Sims has specifically said he avoids this theme in his writing.
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Keladry
A recurring theme in the series
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fairlead
[SPOILERS] MAG 144 (arguably) deals with the immediate aftermath of a nuclear explosion, but this is not the focus of the episode.
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Keladry
A recurring theme in the series, especially in season 4.
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Keladry
This is a horror audio drama; depending on how intense your reaction to this is, it may not be a good show for you. That said, it is all audio, so no visual gore.
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fairlead
The episodes MAG 154 and MAG 155 discuss this at length. [SPOILERS] In MAG 155, a minor character is planning to blind themselves and does so off-screen.
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Aza
- MAG014 and MAG072 involve explicit finger/toe mutilation (and more) - MAG029 has mention of self-mutilation of a finger (that appears to grow back)
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ghostwillows
MAG 6 Squirm two characters have sex but its not described in detail
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DouglastheDragon01
It's a podcast, so there are no visuals.
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