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Sekiyo
In MAG 133: Dead Horse, a horse is mentioned to pass away. Though, there is no audio or other means of describing the passing, and it is moved past soon after.
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h0usemartin
The writer has stated that no pets that the audience meet will die in the series.
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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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Does a pet die?
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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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RobynA827
MAG 30 Killing Floor deals with the subject of animals being slaughtered, this comes up in other episodes too
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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Aza
pigs, cattle, lots of abattoir scenes + evil spiders and a bunch of evil bugs
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Nereus
Ep 149, Concrete jungle, a short scene in the statement describes a pit viper made of stone attacked a minor character.
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noisyPitta
Spiders are a recurring element of many episodes
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Nereus
It is relayed second-hand that a character's motivation was the death of her childhood cat approx. 50 years ago, however Writer Jonny Sims has said that this is neither canon nor non-canon, as he doesn't know if the character was joking or not. He has also said that no harm will come to any pets the audience meets, such as Major Tom (MAG 16) or The Admiral.
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Nepeta
Martins mother is emotionally abusive and refuses to see him
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Roosterwhale
There is an entity that causes fear by killing and then imitating a person. The entity is capable of perfectly convincing everyone they are that person, but purposefully lets at least one or two see through the ruse so that they are tormented by how their memories do not match what seems to be reality. The entity also affects photographs, contributing to the fear of insanity and wrongness
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bitronic
At some point in season 2, the main character stalks his co-workers as his paranoia gets the better of his common sense. In season 3, there is an episode where the main character is being followed. It's also worth noting that being watched and, to an extension, being able to do nothing about it are in statements, as well as the plot.
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Cassiman
Mary Keay I would say counts as a domestic abuser towards her spouse
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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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SarahLR
A few statements reference the statement-giver abusing alcohol to cope with supernatural related trauma, but overall it only comes up a few times
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Keladry
A recurring theme in the series, especially in season 4.
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LouisTsunami
Trevor "the Tramp" Herbert gives multiple statements, first in Episode 10 (Vampire Killer), and discusses his heroin addiction, including details about the consequences of infections from repeated use of needles. Some minor characters occasionally imply or admit to drug use in their statements.
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Keladry
And Jonny Sims has specifically said he avoids this theme in his writing.
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Tsunamiscale
A character is kidnapped and kept restrained at one point
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Rachael Jordan Williams
Random teeth collections are a recurring theme in a lot of episodes.
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RevonTulet
Featured to various extents in episodes 19, 20, 58, 72, 115, and 156.
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Nepeta
It is very prominent
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Dr.Darling
The main character trys to cut off his finger, complete with knife thunking noises, and whimpering/crying
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BonEpic
There is a whole fear centred around being crushed, buried alive and etc etc and it is discussed and described.
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SamZisk
The main character does spend a minute or so trying to cut off his finger, but doesn't succeed as it keeps reattaching/healing. There are squishy sounds alongside this.
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skindybee
lots of episodes have descriptions of violence against other people but the one that sticks out to me for this particular category is mag 80, where a character is beaten to death with a pipe on tape
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suspishish
In episode 169, characters are repeatedly burned alive onscreen/on tape. It is the main theme of the episode. Additionally, many episodes feature characters burning alive, including MAG 37, MAG 55, MAG 89, MAG 107, MAG 139, and MAG 145.
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SarahLR
Multiple episodes deal with a character being buried alive in various forms
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Flareon14
In episode 72, the statement giver describes his Achilles tendon being injured.
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justhastoomanyfeelings
Agnes Montague, an avatar of the Desolation, dies by hanging (it is a suicide, though it's performed by her cult at her request). It's recounted second-hand, without too detail, but it is referenced multiple times over the course of the series.
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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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hxnkreis
pretty much every episode has some form of psychological torture, but there are several physical torture scenes too
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Fireproof
yes, there are many descriptions of gore, body horror and violence
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finnisterre
In episode 164, a woman shaves her skin off in order to get rid of a parasitic fungus.
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BonEpic
Yes, there is an entire episode where the characters struggle to breathe as they are trapped in a very claustrophobic environment. They audibly struggle to breathe.
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SarahLR
Multiple episodes deal with choking or being suffocated
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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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Keladry
A recent statement-giver (ep. 155) has a near-death experience following a seizure.
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Rachael Jordan Williams
More commonly, people just fall endlessly as a form of torture...
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mejoc
Not on-audio, but a statement giver in MAG 155 describes having fallen down the stairs in the past.
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KaleighRobbins
Not exactly. A pregnant woman lets herself be burned alive in ep. 139 and her newborn infant (supernaturally unharmed by the fire) is then taken and raised by the cult. The mother wanted this to happen.
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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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Kriz
Multiple characters sacrifices themselves or others, as well as the topic offhandedly mentioned throughout the story
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infini
MAG 150 features a main character who cheats on his significant other.
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SarahLR
Nobody's parents die on tape, but most of the characters have lost their parents/guardians, and in one episode in s3 a parent's death is used to emotionally torture one of the characters
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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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RevonTulet
In episode 146, an adult describes having one of his toys stolen as a 6 year old. In episode 179, a parent is forced to burn their child's toys but the child is not present.
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DrTeatime42
One character mentions slipping in the shower and seriously hitting her head in episode 155. It is not lingered on.
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LouisTsunami
A side plot involves a paranormal investigator who actively seeks hauntings, and a few episodes include entities that either are or could be ghosts.
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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
Creepy clown horror is a major theme of the first three seasons.
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ToastyBat
A main antagonist is a living mannequin of sorts, and there is an episode dedicated to haunted mannequins in a department store
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Are there razors?
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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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GriffinHarris
one minor character spits at another after being incapacitated
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reihino117
Though vomiting is mentioned often in the statements (the stories that are told through the characters), no vomiting is ever heard directly nor does any character vomit "on-screen."
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HeyElliott
Sounds of worms squishing, and [SPOILERS] at the end of episode 80, a character being beaten to death via a pipe, with noises. Not sure if this is "audio gore", but in every episode, the sound of a tape recorder is in the background.
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Hamarhemmo
Some of the characters have worked for the police, but the police is never shown in a positive light. One of the ex-cops admits to frequently using excessive force.
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No therapy. However a character describes being struck by lightning in detail.
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PigeonIsMyName
All of MAG177
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LouisTsunami
A recurring character, Trevor "the Tramp", discusses his heroin addiction, and injection is brought up.
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Roosterwhale
A character stays in a hospital for ~6 months while he is in a coma
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Keladry
Recurring (deceased) character has a brain tumor
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alchemical
In MAG 116 and MAG 118, while not exactly anxiety attacks, two main characters have breakdowns over information being forced into their heads by one of the antagonists.
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Peach_Cheesecake
Lots of throat clearing
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NebbyAxolotl
Yes. Specific episodes include: MAG 118, MAG 119, MAG 136, MAG 158, MAG 177, MAG 181, MAG 182, MAG 199, MAG 200. Spoilers ahead. During season 3, a supporting character is shown to have suicidal thoughts and tendencies, and ends up dying at the end of that season. Throughout season 4, many major characters experience suicidal ideation, and act on it by putting themselves in intentionally dangerous that could get them killed or something equivalent. In MAG 158 - Panopticon, a supporting character asks another supporting character to find her and kill her. In MAG 177 - Wonderland, there is implied suicidal ideation. In MAG 181 - Ignorance, a minor character says that he intends to shoot himself when his food runs out. In MAG 182, a minor character asks the protagonist to kill him. In MAG 199 - Seeing It Through, the protagonist’s willingness to sacrifice themself for others as a form of penance for their mistakes is mentioned by another character, and in MAG 200 - Last Words, the protagonist goes through with a plan that will kill himself and others, but then asks another character to kill him.
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like probably? it's never directly mentioned but people say stuff about having trauma and things like that
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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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Hamarhemmo
Many of the people who are Spiral's (fear of going crazy) victims are mentally ill and some of them have been violent. At least the priest in MAG 19 and MAG 20.
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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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nerdwithadog
So the answer is technically no but the main character (Jon) is someone a lot of people find to be autistic coded so be careful.
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SarahLR
In Ep 130 a main character attempts to remove his finger, and then asks another character to remove his rib - he has a good reason for this that's not tied to emotional pain, but imo still self-harm
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SarahLR
Ep 90 deals pretty heavily with people who hate their bodies and are exercising obsessively to change them, as well as turning that theme up in body-horror contexts. A few other episodes dip into the same theme for a few lines
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AnnaMariaKret
There's no one directly saying that but there is a moment when one of main characters says "Maybe I just thought joining up with you would be a good way to get killed" so it's kinda implied ?
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Keladry
A recurring theme in the series
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quickenedsilver
No strobe effects, although various types of high-pitched audio interference are common starting from season 2 onwards.
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Does a baby cry?
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DouglastheDragon01
It's a podcast, so there are no visuals.
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MoonMystical
In a way, yes. SPOILERS: in MAG196, Annabelle Cane says to Martin, "you have no idea who's listening, do you?". At the end of MAG200, Basira talks into the recorder and says "If anyone's listening, goodbye. I'm sorry and... good luck."
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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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SamZisk
None is graphically described, but it does happen and is relayed second-hand.
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alchemical
In season 1, the main character dismisses characters who have issues with addiction or mental illnesses and berates them for it. This stops after the first season and it's learned he deals with some level of addiction + mental illness as well. In MAG 122: Zombie, while not directly stated to be about mental illness, the statement giver's attitude towards those he perceives as processing emotions incorrectly reads as such.
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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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treehorror
There is antisemitism including blood libel expressed by a character in episode 163.
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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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hxnkreis
no, but episode 171 has a villain being briefly homophobic, by asking a gay couple if they're boyfriends in a condescending tone. however it's quickly brushed off and moved on from
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treehorror
There is antisemitism and xenophobia expressed by characters in 163
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Edelweiss
A character describes himself briefly as "not the smallest guy in the world". This is not self deprecating and only serves to better set the scene for fitting through a small space. It is not touched on again and he is not insulted for this fact.
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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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ghostwillows
MAG 6 Squirm two characters have sex but its not described in detail
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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KaleighRobbins
It is a podcast, no visuals. There is a small moment where one character is caught walking around in his underwear when he thinks he is alone, but he is not very distressed and it is played for laughs.
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neop.g
Why on Earth are people voting no? Did they forget that one part where Martin cries and Elias ridicules him for it?
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KaleighRobbins
One of the main characters is revealed to be a caregiver for his chronically ill mother. Her illness is not elaborated on and she never appears in-podcast, but the affect of her illness is tied to her abusive relationship with her son.
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absolutesquash
Trevor Herbert, a reoccurring character, is homeless. He mentions it frequently and describes his living conditions, but it is not the main struggle of his story.
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herschmane
Yes. It did.
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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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CatalinaKachie
Episode 13, a woman is hit by a truck
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wrenbears
There are multiple characters using guns through the series, so there are the sounds of gunfire and people being shot in, I think, all seasons.
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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
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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treehorror
Episode 129 describes a drowning in detail
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