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22nd Mar '17 8:00:18 PM WiseMan23753
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', hardly anyone outside of Brtiannia likes the Imperial Family, which the main character claims to be a symbol of evil that looks down on others. They promote Social Darwinsim, supports militarism and genocide, and/or are pretty much a band of over-privileged parasites. The only exception all three of these is Euphemia [[spoiler:and she goes on a massive killing spree.]] [[spoiler:Prince Schneizel does the world a favor by annihilating all but a few with a FLEIJA weapon.]]

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', hardly anyone outside of Brtiannia likes the Imperial Family, which the main character claims to be a symbol of evil that looks down on others. They promote Social Darwinsim, supports support militarism and genocide, and/or are pretty much a band of over-privileged parasites. The only exception all three of these is Euphemia [[spoiler:and she goes on a massive killing spree.]] [[spoiler:Prince Schneizel does the world a favor by annihilating all but a few with a FLEIJA weapon.]]
22nd Mar '17 7:59:39 PM WiseMan23753
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', hardly anyone outside of Brtiannia likes the Imperial Family, which the main character claims to be a symbol of evil that looks down on others. They promote Social Darwinsim, supports militarism and genocide, and/or are pretty much a band of over-privileged parasites. The only exception all three of these is Euphemia [[spoiler:and she goes on a massive killing spree.]] [[spoiler:Prince Schneizel does the world a favor by annihilating all but a few with a FLEIJA weapon.]]
* Invoked in ''Anime/CrossAnge'' when [[spoiler:Embryo uses the WaveMotionGun on his mech to kill Julio.]]
24th Feb '17 6:59:02 PM Katsuhagi
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* On more than one occasional {{Literature/Spenser}} has found himself forced into a position of murdering someone in cold blood but can't bring himself to do it. [[PsychoSidekick Hawk]], on the other hand, has no such scruples and cheerfully does the deed himself.
17th Feb '17 8:40:02 PM bt8257
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There's a problem, and the heroes can't solve it or make it go away. It boils down to a situation that requires a decidedly [[ShootTheDog unheroic action]] to solve, whether it's hurting, [[ThouShaltNotKill killing]], or something even less pleasant. The heroes can't very well do it and still be classic White Hats, but ''not'' doing anything would have grave consequences. Who can save the day now? Not the BigDamnHeroes, but the villains! Hey, they're evil already, doing an evil act to save the day is no problem. Essentially the author's version of TakeAThirdOption in a narrative lose/lose situation.

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There's a problem, and the heroes can't solve it or make it go away. It boils down to a situation that requires a decidedly [[ShootTheDog unheroic action]] to solve, whether it's hurting, [[ThouShaltNotKill killing]], or something even less pleasant. The heroes can't very well do it and still be classic White Hats, but ''not'' doing anything would have grave consequences. Who can save the day now? Not the BigDamnHeroes, but the villains! ''villains''! Hey, they're evil already, doing an evil act to save the day is no problem. Essentially the author's version of TakeAThirdOption in a narrative lose/lose situation.



Subtrope of NonProtagonistResolver; in this case, the "resolver" is the villain. Contrast VillainousRescue, where a villain pulls a BigDamnHeroes without committing any villainous acts in the process. If the villain saves the day by accident through doing something villainous, that's NiceJobFixingItVillain. Overlaps with TheDogBitesBack when the "dog" is a minion. See DisneyVillainDeath for when there is no other bad guy to do the work, so it is done by gravity. If the hero deliberately sets it up, this is DoWithHimAsYouWill. Compare AlwaysABiggerFish, when a usually non-sapient monster saves the heroes from another monster.

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Subtrope SubTrope of NonProtagonistResolver; in this case, the "resolver" is the villain. Contrast VillainousRescue, where a villain pulls a BigDamnHeroes without committing any villainous acts in the process. If the villain saves the day by accident through doing something villainous, that's NiceJobFixingItVillain. Overlaps with TheDogBitesBack when the "dog" is a minion. See DisneyVillainDeath for when there is no other bad guy to do the work, so it is done by gravity. If the hero deliberately sets it up, this is DoWithHimAsYouWill. Compare AlwaysABiggerFish, when a usually non-sapient monster saves the heroes from another monster.
13th Feb '17 9:17:31 AM CJCroen1393
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'''Siren: Let's rule the seas together!\\

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'''Siren: '''Siren:''' Let's rule the seas together!\\
13th Feb '17 9:16:56 AM CJCroen1393
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* In ''WesternAnimation/IceAgeContinentalDrift'', [[spoiler:Captain Gutt]] is implicitly devoured by [[EnthrallingSiren the sirens]].
-->'''Siren:''' (''emerging from a clamshell [[MasterOfIllusion in the form of]] [[spoiler:an ape mermaid]]'') Oh [[spoiler:Captain Gutt]]...\\
'''[[spoiler:Captain Gutt]]:''' That's me!\\
'''Siren: Let's rule the seas together!\\
'''[[spoiler:Captain Gutt]]:''' ''Aye-aye!''\\
'''Siren:''' (''flashes a terrifying SlasherSmile at him and drags him into her shell'')
10th Jan '17 8:10:47 AM Lyner
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* Played with in MaouNoHajimekata. The evil sorcerer Aur, the openly-evil VillainProtagonist, winds up catching a beautiful hero trying to slay him. As part of his attempt to corrupt him, he first displays the ways he helps villages that agree to serve him and then takes her to the village that'd asked her to kill him. These villagers try to stone her out of rage over all the losses they suffered after Aur took away his aid. When hero Yunis breaks and tries to kill the villagers, Aur does the task for her claiming that it's a villain's job, not a hero's.
5th Dec '16 10:59:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Joker did this in his own twisted way in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', when a Wayne Enterprises accountant discovered Bruce's big secret and was about to reveal it to the world on live television (because the Joker had threatened a massive killing spree if Batman didn't reveal his identity). But leave it to the Joker to take something that would have been a favor to Batman, and to twist it to his own ends:

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'':
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The Joker did this in his own twisted way in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', when a Wayne Enterprises accountant discovered Bruce's big secret and was about to reveal it to the world on live television (because the Joker had threatened a massive killing spree if Batman didn't reveal his identity). But leave it to the Joker to take something that would have been a favor to Batman, and to twist it to his own ends:
5th Dec '16 10:58:33 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' has a ThereCanBeOnlyOne approach and the protagonist is unwilling to kill anyone. Leave it to his {{badass}} partner to do the work for him. Though even ''he'' has hesitations to kill. Cue the Rider who's job prior to being a Rider was [[SerialKiller nothing BUT killing]].

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** ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' has a ThereCanBeOnlyOne approach and the protagonist is unwilling to kill anyone. Leave it to his {{badass}} badass partner to do the work for him. Though even ''he'' has hesitations to kill. Cue the Rider who's job prior to being a Rider was [[SerialKiller nothing BUT killing]].



** A big one in season nine. Both the Justice League and Zod have a bone to pick with [[GovernmentConspiracy Checkmate]]. [[spoiler:Oliver and John get captured at different points, although they managed to escape. Chloe is also kidnapped and almost killed in an attempt to blackmail Clark into revealing more about their team.]] Zod, on the other hand? [[spoiler:He comes over to visit and burns down their entire castle base with [[EyeBeams heat vision]]. [[{{Badass}} Zod will not tolerate]] [[PunyEarthlings human nonsense]]. KneelBeforeZod.]]

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** A big one in season nine. Both the Justice League and Zod have a bone to pick with [[GovernmentConspiracy Checkmate]]. [[spoiler:Oliver and John get captured at different points, although they managed to escape. Chloe is also kidnapped and almost killed in an attempt to blackmail Clark into revealing more about their team.]] Zod, on the other hand? [[spoiler:He comes over to visit and burns down their entire castle base with [[EyeBeams heat vision]]. [[{{Badass}} Zod will not tolerate]] [[PunyEarthlings Zod will not tolerate human nonsense]]. KneelBeforeZod.]]
12th Nov '16 7:54:30 PM nombretomado
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* Doomsday's first appearance in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. In the comics, he killed Supes (He got better). However, Supes' evil universe counterpart, Justice Lord Superman, used his eye lasers to ''lobotomize Doomsday'' not five minutes into the fight (he got better too, and was mighty pissed, but that's another story).

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* Doomsday's first appearance in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''.''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. In the comics, he killed Supes (He got better). However, Supes' evil universe counterpart, Justice Lord Superman, used his eye lasers to ''lobotomize Doomsday'' not five minutes into the fight (he got better too, and was mighty pissed, but that's another story).
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