Hydra Trash Party

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Trope · Genre
Synonyms: HTP, Hydra Party Favor Trash Party
Related: rapefic, torture, whump, darkfic
See Also: Dead Dove: Do Not Eat; Chin-Stroking Scene
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Hydra Trash Party or Trash Party is a genre of fanwork, primarily fanart and fanfiction, that originated in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier fandom. These works focus on members of Hydra abusing other characters, especially Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers. Common topics include rape and brainwashing and many users of the term consider it a content warning in and of itself.

What is the HYDRA Trash Party?

The HYDRA Trash Party is a community that creates and enjoys darkfic-type fanworks about Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The community is mostly based on a DreamWidth kinkmeme, called the HYDRA Trash Meme, although many members also post and share works on the #hydra trash party tag on Tumblr. Like with other dark fanworks, topics explored in the HTP community include:

  • psychological, emotional and physical trauma
  • physical and sexual violence
  • body horror
  • death
  • …and other “dark” themes and concepts.

Some, but not all, of this content is explicitly sexual.

Many people find this sort of content upsetting or disturbing, and that’s totally valid. We all have our squicks and triggers, which is why the HTP community works hard to tag and warn for HTP content. But finding something upsetting or disturbing doesn’t mean it’s okay to verbally abuse or attack anyone.[1]


"Hydra Trash Party" is a condensed version of a tag first used by fanartist stereowire on Tumblr. Starting the weekend Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released in the US, stereowire had text posts tagged "hydra party favor trash party 2014",[2] which speculated about the possible abuses of Bucky Barnes at the hands of Alexander Pierce, Brock Rumlow, and other members of Hydra. Art on this theme followed under the same tag, and within a couple of weeks fic appeared at the AO3 using the Hydra Party Favor Trash Party 2014 version of the tag. The shorter version of the tag appeared on Tumblr and at the AO3 within a few weeks.

Dead Dove

mostlyvalid on Tumblr later had the idea to create a more general tag to encapsulate the connotations of the "Hydra Trash Party" tag, that could be used across all fandoms.[3] The tag is called Dead Dove: Do Not Eat, and is derived from the "I Don't Know What I Expected" meme from Arrested Development.

Common Tropes and Fanon

  • Sexual violence: Rape and sexual abuse at the hands of Hydra members is a common theme in Hydra Trash Party fanworks.
  • Trash Parties: The original conception of the Hydra Trash Party came from the idea that elite members of Hydra might host parties where the Winter Soldier was passed around like a party favour to be exploited and abused.
  • Hydra Husbands: A common name for the Jack Rollins/Brock Rumlow ship, which pairs two Hydra members who appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
  • Recurring Original Characters: Various original Hydra characters have been created and used by fans in the Hydra Trash Party community. One example is Isaac Murphy, who as of March 2018 is tagged in over 50 fanfics.[4]
  • Hydra Tentacle Monsters: Also known as "horrible squiddly non-con cuddle monsters".[5] A series of drawings by feanorinleatherpants where Bucky Barnes is represented by a teddy bear, and Hydra members are represented by octopuses, juxtaposing cute children's-book-style illustrations with dark and disturbing content and themes.

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