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30th Jan '16 4:36:02 AM SamCurt
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Not immediately verifiable in source material, move to Anime sub in meantime.
* ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'': The criminals in ''The Backyard Knows''. Basically speaking: they steals some rare butterfly samples from the museum, wanting to sell to collectors. The problem is one of them is particularly poisonous; one of them got poisoned to the point that calling the ambulance became unavoidable...
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* ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'': The criminals in ''The Backyard Knows''. Basically speaking: they steals some rare butterfly samples from the museum, wanting to sell to collectors. The problem is one of them is particularly poisonous; one of them got poisoned to the point that calling the ambulance became unavoidable...
20th Jan '16 12:05:01 AM SamCurt
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* ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'': The criminals in ''The Backyard Knows''. Basically speaking: they steals some rare butterfly samples from the museum, wanting to sell to collectors. The problem is one of them is particularly poisonous; one of them got poisoned to the point that calling the ambulance became unavoidable...
14th Dec '15 10:11:34 AM unclebubba62
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Bob Ewell was stabbed in the ribs from the front, not in the back.
* Subverted in Harper Lee's ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'': it is '''officially claimed''' that Bob Ewell fell on his own knife, but actually he was backstabbed by Boo Radley as Ewell was trying to kill the children.
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* Subverted in Harper Lee's ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'': it is '''officially claimed''' that Bob Ewell fell on his own knife, but actually he Ewell was backstabbed stabbed by Boo Radley as Ewell he was trying to kill the children.
19th Oct '15 6:21:07 PM Earriorwatcher
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** Big example in ''Changes'' on Red Court vampires who tried to curse Dresden's bloodline to death. To wit: the Red Court has the ability (through massive and incredibly difficult preparation) wipe out everyone within a certain bloodline, killing the sacrifice, all their siblings, their parents, all their siblings, their grandparents, their siblings, etc, etc. The plan was to use Harry's daughter to kill the Blackstaff, the White Council's assassin and one of the strongest wizards on the planet and who is Harry's grandfather. Instead, Harry sacrificed the newest Red Court Vampire ([[ShootTheDog who happened to be his lover at her own request]]) which wiped out every single Red Court Vampire that was still alive and older than her at that point.
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** Big example in ''Changes'' on Red Court vampires who tried to curse Dresden's bloodline to death. To wit: the Red Court has the ability (through massive and incredibly difficult preparation) wipe out everyone within a certain bloodline, killing the sacrifice, all their siblings, their parents, all their siblings, their grandparents, their siblings, etc, etc. The plan was to use Harry's daughter to kill the Blackstaff, the White Council's assassin and one of the strongest wizards on the planet and who is Harry's grandfather. Instead, Harry sacrificed the newest Red Court Vampire ([[ShootTheDog who happened to be his lover lover) at her own request]]) request]] which wiped out every single Red Court Vampire that was still alive and older than her at that point.
15th Oct '15 8:35:52 PM Josef5678
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* In both the AgathaChristie novel [[spoiler: ''Literature/{{Curtain}}'']] and the GKChesterton novel [[spoiler: ''The Man Who Knew Too Much'']] two cups of coffee, one poisoned, are put on a table-height revolving bookcase. When the poisoner is looking elsewhere, the bookcase is turned around by someone looking for a book. Later, the poisoner drinks the poisoned cup of coffee and the intended victim drinks the other one.
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* In both the AgathaChristie Creator/AgathaChristie novel [[spoiler: ''Literature/{{Curtain}}'']] and the GKChesterton novel [[spoiler: ''The Man Who Knew Too Much'']] two cups of coffee, one poisoned, are put on a table-height revolving bookcase. When the poisoner is looking elsewhere, the bookcase is turned around by someone looking for a book. Later, the poisoner drinks the poisoned cup of coffee and the intended victim drinks the other one.
1st Oct '15 9:31:25 PM Xelloss08
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* In ''Literature/ADarkerShadeOfMagic'', this is how Kell defeats Athos despite Athos having greater magical power. They each possess a broken half of an ArtifactOfDoom, a black stone which enhances magic but is difficult to control. Kell goads Athos into using his half of the black stone to summon a monster, having previously learned that creations of the stone always turn on their masters.
11th Sep '15 9:37:26 AM rt2012
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* ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'': ** King Jellyjam, a disgusting BlobMonster that lives in an underground cavern, must be bathed 24/7 by child slaves to survive. Once they stop washing him, he suffocates to death on his own foul stench. ** The Masked Mutant is tricked into turning into acid after Skipper "accidentally" lets it slip that acid is his only weakness. He forgets too late that he can only turn into a solid and back, but if he turns into a liquid, he's stuck in that form. Thus, the Mutant's own shapeshifting abilities end up dooming him.
9th Sep '15 3:39:56 PM CoyotesChild
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Correcting something on my entry.
* This is a standard in ''Franchise/DocSavage'' series. Doc and his friends have a strict policy against killing if at all possible. (Minions he captures are even sent to a special hospital in upstate New York where they receive a special brain operation that wipes their past away, and they are re-trained to be productive citizens with no urge at all to commit crimes.) However, in virtually every one of the 181 pulp novels the master criminal, and usually their closest henchmen, are killed by their own plans to kill Doc Savage. Often, Doc himself has found some way to turn the plan back on his foes. Deaths have included such events as: being killed by poisonous vampire bats; being eaten alive by a swarm of carnivorous ants; being drowned in a flood of boiling mud from a caldera; being swept into an underground river and drowned; being burned alive in a massive gas fire intended to kill a band of people hiding on a ship in a ship's graveyard; and MANY foes being killed by explosions they has intended to have capture Savage. (And many more.)
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* This is a standard in ''Franchise/DocSavage'' series. Doc and his friends have a strict policy against killing if at all possible. (Minions he captures are even sent to a special hospital in upstate New York where they receive a special brain operation that wipes their past away, and they are re-trained to be productive citizens with no urge at all to commit crimes.) However, in virtually every one of the 181 pulp novels the master criminal, and usually their closest henchmen, are killed by their own plans to kill Doc Savage. Often, Doc himself has found some way to turn the plan back on his foes. Deaths have included such events as: being killed by poisonous vampire bats; being eaten alive by a swarm of carnivorous ants; being drowned in a flood of boiling mud from a caldera; being swept into an underground river and drowned; being burned alive in a massive gas fire intended to kill a band of people hiding on a ship in a ship's graveyard; and MANY foes being killed by explosions they has intended to have capture Savage. (And many much more.)
9th Sep '15 3:38:33 PM CoyotesChild
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Adding a sorely overlooked series in literature: the Doc Savage franchise, in which this trope killed virtually every main villain in each of the books.
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* This is a standard in ''Franchise/DocSavage'' series. Doc and his friends have a strict policy against killing if at all possible. (Minions he captures are even sent to a special hospital in upstate New York where they receive a special brain operation that wipes their past away, and they are re-trained to be productive citizens with no urge at all to commit crimes.) However, in virtually every one of the 181 pulp novels the master criminal, and usually their closest henchmen, are killed by their own plans to kill Doc Savage. Often, Doc himself has found some way to turn the plan back on his foes. Deaths have included such events as: being killed by poisonous vampire bats; being eaten alive by a swarm of carnivorous ants; being drowned in a flood of boiling mud from a caldera; being swept into an underground river and drowned; being burned alive in a massive gas fire intended to kill a band of people hiding on a ship in a ship's graveyard; and MANY foes being killed by explosions they has intended to have capture Savage. (And many more.)
7th Aug '15 11:26:01 AM AnonFangeekGirl
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** On a related note, the Chamber of the Ordeal makes all would-be knights face their worst fears before finally earning their shield. However, when a bully and serial rapist goes in, the chamber makes him feel every pain he wrongfully inflicted on another person, killing him.
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** On a related note, the Chamber of the Ordeal makes all would-be knights face their worst fears before finally earning their shield. However, when a bully and serial rapist goes in, the chamber makes him feel every pain he wrongfully inflicted on another person, killing him.person. It's implied that the phantom beatings go on for a while. Meanwhile, Joren, Kel's lead bully who was a conservative who couldn't accept women as warriors, died because he was so inflexible on that that he broke under the Chamber.
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