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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.
30th May '16 6:04:08 AM lampshadeortriangle
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** In "Last of the Time Lords," after the Master has spent a blissful year (for him) freely murdering Earth's population and doing horrible things to the Doctor's friends, when he is finally defeated, despite the fact that Jack and Martha are both perfectly willing to see him dead, the Doctor can't bring himself to kill him because he's the only other Time Lord left alive [[spoiler: (maybe)]]. Luckily, the Master's wife, Lucy, shoots him before the Doctor can do anything Subverted, however, because Lucy is [[spoiler: beginning her HeelFaceTurn by this point.]]
23rd May '16 5:48:50 PM Anddrix
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* At the end of ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', [[BigBad Alexander Luthor]] has managed to escape the FinalBattle and is planning to start over. Unfortunately, he forgot that he'd pissed off everyone's [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker favorite homicidal clown.]] Not content with the possibility that Luthor [[NotQuiteDead might]] [[GoryDiscretionShot return]], the writers have Mister J [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill burn him with acid, electrocute him and shoot him in the head.]]

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* At the end of ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', [[BigBad Alexander Luthor]] has managed to escape the FinalBattle and is planning to start over. Unfortunately, he forgot that he'd pissed off everyone's [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker [[ComicBook/TheJoker favorite homicidal clown.]] Not content with the possibility that Luthor [[NotQuiteDead might]] [[GoryDiscretionShot return]], the writers have Mister J [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill burn him with acid, electrocute him and shoot him in the head.]]
19th May '16 6:43:27 PM SirVancelot131
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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.
18th May '16 3:14:07 PM TheWanderer
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** ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' also had this, in a way. It turns out that [[spoiler: the backlog of unsent letters at the Post Office are sentient and want to be delivered, and are powerful enough to cause telepathic hallucinations. Not only is this very dangerous given the number of Ventinari's men that got killed falling off of ledges that they couldn't see, it is flatly impossible to deliver some of them since they come from another universe's Post Office, and could cause a lot of upheaval if they accidentally got out. Conveniently, Reacher Gilt's [[TheDragon Dragon]] is an arsonist and burns the office down, letters and all, reliving Moist of the burden.]]

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** ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' also had this, in a way. It turns out that [[spoiler: the backlog of unsent letters at the Post Office are sentient and want to be delivered, and are powerful enough to cause telepathic hallucinations. Not only is this very dangerous given the number of Ventinari's men that got killed falling off of ledges that they couldn't see, it is flatly impossible to deliver some of them since they come from another universe's Post Office, and could cause a lot of upheaval if they accidentally got out. Conveniently, Reacher Gilt's [[TheDragon Dragon]] is an arsonist and burns the office down, letters and all, reliving relieving Moist of the burden.]]



* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' This is how Lannisters endeared themselves to Robert Baratheon. Robert's Rebellion was won except for the Targaryens' last holdout, King's Landing. Tywin Lannister, who had stayed out of the fight until it was all but decided, tricked the Targaryens into letting his army inside their city and then sacked it. Jaime Lannister instigated a BodyguardBetrayal on King Aerys, while Tywin's bannermen assassinated the last of the Targaryen line still in the city. This deflected a lot of blame for the atrocities at King's Landing onto the Lannisters, sparing Robert's reputation and conscience. Tyrion would question the wisdom of this, citing that it made the entire realm despise them when they could have let Robert take the blame. Tywin however felt that since they entered the war that late, they had to do it to prove their allegiance.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' This is how Lannisters endeared themselves to Robert Baratheon. Robert's Rebellion was won except for the Targaryens' last holdout, King's Landing. Tywin Lannister, who had stayed out of the fight until it was all but decided, tricked the Targaryens into letting his army inside their city and then sacked it. Tywin's son Jaime Lannister instigated a BodyguardBetrayal on King Aerys, while Tywin's bannermen assassinated the last of the Targaryen line still in the city. This deflected a lot of blame for the atrocities at King's Landing onto the Lannisters, sparing Robert's reputation and conscience. Tyrion would question the wisdom of this, citing that it made the entire realm despise them when they could have let Robert take the blame. Tywin however felt that since they entered the war that late, they had to do it to prove their allegiance. allegiance.
--> We had come late to [[TheAlliance Robert's cause]]. It was necessary to demonstrate our loyalty. When I laid those bodies before the throne no man could doubt that we had forsaken [[RoyalBlood House Targaryen]] forever. And Robert's relief was palpable. As stupid as he was even ''he'' knew [[TheWisePrince Rhaegar's]] children had to die if his throne was ever to be secure. Yet he saw himself as a hero, and heroes do not kill children.
9th May '16 7:08:41 AM mantis
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** 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.]]
29th Apr '16 12:01:14 PM SomeSortOfTroper
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** Buffy is dying after being shot by BigBad wannabe Warren. Willow appears, heals her, and takes the bullet, which she uses to torture Warren with [[FaceHeelTurn and become the new BigBad]].
** Buffy can't kill Glory without killing her innocent host Ben. Giles, however, is willing to so that she doesn't have to.
*** Though it should be noted that Giles is not otherwise presented as a villain, he has a BadBoy past and intentionally invokes an anti-hero morality as he speaks to Ben just before smothering him to make sure Glory never returns.
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