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29th Aug '16 11:58:35 AM case
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Different from a HeelFaceTurn because the villain isn't necessarily being heroic; the villain may be [[PragmaticVillainy entirely motivated out of self-interest]], such as [[EnemyMine fighting a common threat]] or because [[EvilerThanThou a competitor is challenging his place as nemesis]]. It's possible for it to even be a complete coincidence.

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Different from a HeelFaceTurn because the villain isn't necessarily being heroic; the villain may be [[PragmaticVillainy entirely motivated out of self-interest]], such as [[EnemyMine fighting a common threat]] or because [[EvilerThanThou a competitor is challenging his place as nemesis]]. It's possible for it to even be a complete coincidence.
coincidence. At any rate, in more philosophic works, the villain will be likely to subject the hero to some flavor of TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, explaining that the hero can only afford to be so squeaky clean because of this trope.
26th Aug '16 1:00:58 PM nighttrainfm
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* At the climax of ''Series/TheNightManager'', the heroes are able to screw up Richard Roper's arms deal and get him arrested, but he smugly predicts that his connections will prevent any actual jail time. [[spoiler: Then his very angry business partners show up and take him away from the police, clearly intending to kill him.]]
13th Aug '16 7:45:37 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', being a Franchise/{{Batman}} origin story, can't allow young Bruce Wayne to take a life. Young [[{ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]], on the other hand, is not so restricted.

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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', being a Franchise/{{Batman}} origin story, can't allow young Bruce Wayne to take a life. Young [[{ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]], on the other hand, is not so restricted.
13th Aug '16 7:43:43 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', being a Franchise/{{Batman}} origin story, can't allow young Bruce Wayne to take a life. Young [[{ComicBook/{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]], on the other hand, is not so restricted.
** Later in the series, Bruce has found the identity of the man who killed his parents, and he needs Alfred's help to track him down. In return, Alfred demands that he be the one to kill the guy, instead of Bruce. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite work out that way...[[spoiler: Alfred is hospitalized and Bruce finds the killer on his own. He intends to kill him, and the man even begs him to, but he can't bring himself to do it, so the killer eats the gun after Bruce leaves the room.]]

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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', being a Franchise/{{Batman}} origin story, can't allow young Bruce Wayne to take a life. Young [[{ComicBook/{Catwoman}} [[{ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]], on the other hand, is not so restricted.
** Later in the series, Bruce has found the identity of the man who killed his parents, and he needs Alfred's help to track him down. In return, Alfred demands that he be the one to kill the guy, instead of Bruce. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite work out that way...[[spoiler: Alfred is hospitalized and Bruce finds the killer on his own. He intends to kill him, and the man even [[DeathSeeker begs him to, to]], but he can't bring himself to do it, so the killer [[AteHisGun eats the gun gun]] after Bruce leaves the room.]]
13th Aug '16 7:41:39 PM ZimFan89
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* In ''FanFic/{{Webwork}}'', an [[UnstoppableRage enraged Tohru]] almost crosses the line by killing the new Squid Khan General [[spoiler: [[TheSociopath Simon Leston]]]]. Before he can, however, [[FallenHero Jade]] swoops in and handles it for him.
17th Jul '16 10:06:49 PM ladysybil5695
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** Later in the series, Bruce has found the identity of the man who killed his parents, and he needs Alfred's help to track him down. In return, Alfred demands that he be the one to kill the guy, instead of Bruce. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite work out that way...[[spoiler: Alfred is hospitalized and Bruce finds the killer on his own. He intends to kill him, and the man even begs him to, but he can't bring himself to do it, so the killer eats the gun after Bruce leaves the room.]]
19th Jun '16 8:12:25 PM nombretomado
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* In an early {{Thunderbolts}} story (#14), the Thunderbolts have to kill an alien leader in order to get out of the dimension they're stuck in. Even though he understands the necessity of it, Abe (MACH-I) can't bring himself to, and Moonstone has to instead.

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* In an early {{Thunderbolts}} ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' story (#14), the Thunderbolts have to kill an alien leader in order to get out of the dimension they're stuck in. Even though he understands the necessity of it, Abe (MACH-I) can't bring himself to, and Moonstone has to instead.
16th Jun '16 8:09:50 PM 43110
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* Series/PowerRangersInSpace has this happen in the finale when [[TheStarscream Darkonda]] destroys [[BiggerBad Dark Specter]] with a planet-destroying missile, and Dark Specter [[TakingYouWithMe returns the favor by destroying Darkonda with his last breath]]. All of this greatly simplifies the mission of the Rangers to simply having to stop [[BigBad Astronema]] and [[TheDragon Ecliptor]] from taking over the world.

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* Series/PowerRangersInSpace has this happen in the finale when [[TheStarscream Darkonda]] destroys [[BiggerBad [[GreaterScopeVillain Dark Specter]] with a planet-destroying missile, and Dark Specter [[TakingYouWithMe returns the favor by destroying Darkonda with his last breath]]. All of this greatly simplifies the mission of the Rangers to simply having to stop [[BigBad Astronema]] and [[TheDragon Ecliptor]] from taking over the world.
7th Jun '16 1:01:02 PM Willbyr
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* At the very end of ''{{Pluto}}'', [[spoiler:Brau-1589, the first robot to kill a human being and a Hannibal Lector {{Expy}} who spent most of the manga giving {{BreakingSpeech}}es to his visitors in prison, breaks free and kills TheManBehindTheMan[=/=]BigBad.]]

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* At the very end of ''{{Pluto}}'', ''Manga/{{Pluto}}'', [[spoiler:Brau-1589, the first robot to kill a human being and a Hannibal Lector {{Expy}} who spent most of the manga giving {{BreakingSpeech}}es to his visitors in prison, breaks free and kills TheManBehindTheMan[=/=]BigBad.]]
4th Jun '16 8:22:43 AM Doug86
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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', being a Franchise/{{Batman}} origin story, can't allow young Bruce Wayne to take a life. Young [[{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]], on the other hand, is not so restricted.

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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', being a Franchise/{{Batman}} origin story, can't allow young Bruce Wayne to take a life. Young [[{{Catwoman}} [[{ComicBook/{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]], on the other hand, is not so restricted.
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