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19th Jun '17 9:31:04 AM SirPellucidar
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* In an episode of the Powerpuff Girls, the Gangrene Gang take over the mayor's office and use the Powerpuff hotline to make prank calls, sending the girls to beat up on other villains who weren't doing anything wrong at the time. The episode ends with the villains teaming up and beating up the Gangrene Gang, with even the narrator lampshading that they saved the day at the end of the episode.
** In another episode, Mojo Jojo defeats an alien invader, in order to prove he is more evil, but it backfires as everyone hails him as a hero.
16th Jun '17 3:31:09 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** Vetinari: In his own words “history needs its butchers as well as its shepherds” or, in plainer language “{{Magnificent Bastard}}s do the dirty work.” note Swing ''also'' used the phrase.
** “Stoneface” Vimes used more or less the same phrase, and executes the last king of Ankh in person, without any form of trial. To be fair, the king deserved it, and some of the comments about the event indicate that he ''tried'' for a trial, but there wasn't anyone willing to be judge.

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** Vetinari: In his own words “history needs its butchers as well as its shepherds” or, in plainer language “{{Magnificent Bastard}}s do the dirty work.” note Note Swing ''also'' used the phrase.
** “Stoneface” "Stoneface" Vimes used more or less the same phrase, and executes the last king of Ankh in person, without any form of trial. To be fair, the king deserved it, and some of the comments about the event indicate that he ''tried'' for a trial, but there wasn't anyone willing to be judge.



* ''[[Literature/{{Deverry}} The Deverry Cycle]]'' has little Olaen. When the Deverrian civil war ends, five-year-old Olaen 'rules' the losing side. The choices to prevent future challenge are death, castration, or blinding, the later two involving turning him over to the priesthood to raise. [[spoiler:[[EvilChancellor Oggyn]] poisons the boy with 'Dwarven Salts'.[[note]]WordofGod is the salts are arsenic.[[/note]]]]

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* ''[[Literature/{{Deverry}} The Deverry Cycle]]'' has little Olaen. When the Deverrian civil war ends, five-year-old Olaen 'rules' the losing side. The choices to prevent future challenge are death, castration, or blinding, the later two involving turning him over to the priesthood to raise. [[spoiler:[[EvilChancellor Oggyn]] poisons the boy with 'Dwarven Salts'.[[note]]WordofGod [[note]]WordOfGod is the salts are arsenic.[[/note]]]]
16th Jun '17 1:43:38 AM Doug86
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* In the 1947 Comicbook/{{Batman}} story that introduces Joe Chill, the [[DeathByOriginStory killer of Bruce Wayne's parents]], Batman confronts Chill and, in a fit of anger, reveals his SecretIdentity to him. Since this was back when recurring villains didn't get to learn such secrets, but Batman doesn't kill, Chill is instead killed by his own enraged men after he tells them he is responsible for creating Batman… and, naturally, dies before he can say just who's behind the mask.

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* In the 1947 Comicbook/{{Batman}} Franchise/{{Batman}} story that introduces Joe Chill, the [[DeathByOriginStory killer of Bruce Wayne's parents]], Batman confronts Chill and, in a fit of anger, reveals his SecretIdentity to him. Since this was back when recurring villains didn't get to learn such secrets, but Batman doesn't kill, Chill is instead killed by his own enraged men after he tells them he is responsible for creating Batman… Batman... and, naturally, dies before he can say just who's behind the mask.
7th May '17 9:44:21 PM jimbotherisenclown
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* When the Azn Bad Boys begin [[spoiler:a bombing spree]] in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', supervillains of the town team up to attack the ABB's bases in order to remove that chaotic element from the table -- and end up doing a lot more visible damage to the organization than the local superhero teams.
** It's growing into a major theme, stretching from taking down the ABB, to going toe-to-toe with several major threats, to [[VillainProtagonist Skitter]] keeping the peace in her territory safer than it had been for years. People noticed, too. [[spoiler: They noticed enough to shield her from an arresting band of "heroes".]]
** The one trope that best summarizes the theme of the story. [[spoiler: The Biggest, Damnedest Villains of all, Cauldron, exist for the purpose of saving as much of humanity as possible from an inevitable catastrophe, and even the ''[[{{Kaiju}} Endbringers]]'' pitch in to help when that catastrophe arrives.]]



* When the Azn Bad Boys begin [[spoiler:a bombing spree]] in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', supervillains of the town team up to attack the ABB's bases in order to remove that chaotic element from the table -- and end up doing a lot more visible damage to the organization than the local superhero teams.
** It's growing into a major theme, stretching from taking down the ABB, to going toe-to-toe with several major threats, to [[VillainProtagonist Skitter]] keeping the peace in her territory safer than it had been for years. People noticed, too. [[spoiler: They noticed enough to shield her from an arresting band of "heroes".]]
** The one trope that best summarizes the theme of the story. [[spoiler: The Biggest, Damnedest Villains of all, Cauldron, exist for the purpose of saving as much of humanity as possible from an inevitable catastrophe, and even the ''[[{{Kaiju}} Endbringers]]'' pitch in to help when that catastrophe arrives.]]

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* When the Azn Bad Boys begin [[spoiler:a bombing spree]] in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', supervillains of the town team up to attack the ABB's bases in order to remove that chaotic element from the table -- and end up doing a lot more visible damage to the organization than the local superhero teams.
** It's growing into a major theme, stretching from taking down the ABB, to going toe-to-toe with several major threats, to [[VillainProtagonist Skitter]] keeping the peace in her territory safer than it had been for years. People noticed, too. [[spoiler: They noticed enough to shield her from an arresting band of "heroes".]]
** The one trope that best summarizes the theme of the story. [[spoiler: The Biggest, Damnedest Villains of all, Cauldron, exist for the purpose of saving as much of humanity as possible from an inevitable catastrophe, and even the ''[[{{Kaiju}} Endbringers]]'' pitch in to help when that catastrophe arrives.]]
4th May '17 1:28:08 PM Golondrina
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* ChrisPine's character in ''Film/{{Carriers}}'' where everyone is a CrazySurvivalist [[ShootTheDog shoots the dog]] many times in order to spare his more innocent brother from doing it himself. It rubs off on his brother though, who later finally gets his hands dirty by killing Pine when he is infected.

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* ChrisPine's Creator/ChrisPine's character in ''Film/{{Carriers}}'' where everyone is a CrazySurvivalist [[ShootTheDog shoots the dog]] many times in order to spare his more innocent brother from doing it himself. It rubs off on his brother though, who later finally gets his hands dirty by killing Pine when he is infected.
29th Apr '17 7:22:55 AM TheWanderer
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* This is Michael Weston's modus operandi in ''Series/BurnNotice''. Michael is a TechnicalPacifist and abides by ThouShaltNotKill, [[spoiler:(except when he doesn't)]]. This never seems to keep the MonsterOfTheWeek from dying in incredibly horrible ways at the hands of their boss or criminal rivals. In one of the more extreme examples Sam goaded three mooks into a Mexican standoff inside a house, [[spoiler:and fired his gun into the air outside so that the three mooks would all pull the trigger at once and blow each other's brains out.]] Yipes.

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* This is Michael Weston's modus operandi in ''Series/BurnNotice''. Michael is a TechnicalPacifist and mostly abides by ThouShaltNotKill, [[spoiler:(except when he doesn't)]]. This never seems [[spoiler:in part due to keep the MonsterOfTheWeek from guilt over a past that includes having killed innocent people to get his target]], but despite this many a VillainOfTheWeek has wound up dying in incredibly horrible ways at the hands of their boss or criminal rivals. In rivals due to Michael's actions. Seldom (if ever) has Michael or any other member of Team Weston batted an eye at this happening or expressed any moral qualms at indirectly causing the death of their target. As an one of the more extreme examples example Sam goaded three mooks criminals into a Mexican standoff MexicanStandoff inside a house, [[spoiler:and then stood outside the house and fired his gun into the air outside ground so that the three mooks would [[BlastOut all pull the trigger at once and blow kill each other's brains out.]] other]]. Yipes.



** It has more to do with pragmatism than anything else. Dead bodies attract police. If they let the bad guys kill each other, any investigation will point to that instead of them.

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** It has more to do with pragmatism than anything else. Dead bodies attract police. If they let the bad guys kill each other, any investigation by the police will point to that instead of them.stop there.
15th Apr '17 6:17:27 AM JackG
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* Discussed but ultimately averted in ''Film/BestSeller'', in which a psychopathic ProfessionalKiller teams up with a detective turned novelist to write his story about his work for a CorruptCorporateExecutive. The novelist decides to publicly expose him instead of shooting him, causing the killer to quip that he ruined a perfect ending for the book.

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* Discussed but ultimately averted in ''Film/BestSeller'', in which a psychopathic ProfessionalKiller teams up with a detective turned novelist to write his story about his work for a CorruptCorporateExecutive. The novelist decides to publicly expose him the executive instead of shooting him, causing the killer to quip that he ruined a perfect ending for the book.
15th Apr '17 6:16:45 AM JackG
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* Lampshaded but ultimately averted in ''Film/BestSeller'', in which a psychopathic ProfessionalKiller teams up with a detective turned novelist to write his story about his work for a CorruptCorporateExecutive. The novelist decides to publicly expose him instead of shooting him, causing the killer to quip that he ruined a perfect ending for the book.

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* Lampshaded Discussed but ultimately averted in ''Film/BestSeller'', in which a psychopathic ProfessionalKiller teams up with a detective turned novelist to write his story about his work for a CorruptCorporateExecutive. The novelist decides to publicly expose him instead of shooting him, causing the killer to quip that he ruined a perfect ending for the book.
15th Apr '17 6:16:09 AM JackG
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* Lampshaded but ultimately averted in ''Film/BestSeller'', in which a psychopathic ProfessionalKiller teams up with a detective turned novelist to write his story about his work for a CorruptCorporateExecutive. The novelist decides to publicly expose him instead of shooting him, causing the killer to quip that he ruined a perfect ending for the book.
15th Apr '17 5:39:24 AM JackG
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* ''Devil in a Blue Dress'' (1990). Easy Rawlins discovers that a friend was involved in a woman's murder. He leaves the man to be guarded by his PsychoSidekick Mouse while he goes to save the DamselInDistress. When he comes back, his friend has been strangled by Mouse. When Easy gets upset, Mouse pointedly asks, "If you didn't want him dead, Easy; why did you leave him with ''me?''"
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