Violence in Fanworks

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Violence is "the use of physical force so as to injure, abuse, damage, or destroy." Like all parts of life, violence appears in fanworks as well, no matter what medium.

Fanworks will commonly specify the level of violence to be found therein. One of the four major warnings available to flag works on The Archive Of Our Own is "Graphic Depictions Of Violence", which is defined as "gory, graphic, explicitly described violence. Exactly where to draw the line is your call." (AO3 also has a range of canonical freeform tags to specify violence, such as "Domestic Violence", "Non-Graphic Violence", "Canon-Typical Violence", "Comic Book Violence", etc) The Fictionratings system used on and some other sites includes violence as one of its metrics.

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