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4th Jun '16 4:08:01 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheExecutioner''. OneManArmy Mack Bolan often starts his 'blitz' on a local Mafia family this way. He turns up at several mob joints, calmly states the name of his target, whom he then kills along with their bodyguards in an [[TheGunslinger impressive display of shooting]]. This quickly gets the Mafia 'mobbed up' in a 'hardsite' where Bolan can [[StormingTheCastle destroy them with overwhelming firepower]] without worrying about innocents getting in the way.

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* ''TheExecutioner''.''Literature/TheExecutioner''. OneManArmy Mack Bolan often starts his 'blitz' on a local Mafia family this way. He turns up at several mob joints, calmly states the name of his target, whom he then kills along with their bodyguards in an [[TheGunslinger impressive display of shooting]]. This quickly gets the Mafia 'mobbed up' in a 'hardsite' where Bolan can [[StormingTheCastle destroy them with overwhelming firepower]] without worrying about innocents getting in the way.
8th May '16 9:50:07 AM erforce
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* Subverted in ''Film/TheTerminator''. The T-800 Model 101 decimates a local police station and in the sequel, the local police get some pictures of the T-800 and immediately recognize that this is the same suspect that destroyed the police station in The Terminator.

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* Subverted in ''Film/TheTerminator''. The T-800 Model 101 decimates a local police station and in the sequel, sequel ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Judgment Day]]'', the local police get some pictures of the T-800 and immediately recognize that this is the same suspect that destroyed the police station in The Terminator.



* Narrowly averted in the climactic scene of ''Film/TheEmperorAndTheAssassin''. The eponymous assassin (who used to be the number one hitman in Yan, but now appreciates life and is a DeathSeeker) chases the eponymous emperor Qin up and down his throne room, dagger in hand, in front of hundreds of courtiers. Not one of them lift a finger to help him, only running from them both. Emperor Qin finally fights off and kills the assassin all by himself after minutes of this, (making it an OverlyLongGag) and then turns to his courtiers, supposedly his loyal supporters, and says "None of you did anything." It was one of the most brutally effective {{DespairEventHorizon}}s ever filmed, as he realizes that he is now the sole ruler of all China, but [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating everyone hates and fears]] him, and no one cares for him at all.

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* Narrowly averted in the climactic scene of ''Film/TheEmperorAndTheAssassin''. The eponymous assassin (who used to be the number one hitman in Yan, but now appreciates life and is a DeathSeeker) chases the eponymous emperor Qin up and down his throne room, dagger in hand, in front of hundreds of courtiers. Not one of them lift a finger to help him, only running from them both. Emperor Qin finally fights off and kills the assassin all by himself after minutes of this, (making it an OverlyLongGag) and then turns to his courtiers, supposedly his loyal supporters, and says "None of you did anything." It was one of the most brutally effective {{DespairEventHorizon}}s {{Despair Event Horizon}}s ever filmed, as he realizes that he is now the sole ruler of all China, but [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating everyone hates and fears]] him, and no one cares for him at all.
11th Apr '16 9:35:42 AM ObsidianFire
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* Used in the final episode of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', in which [[spoiler:Suzaku dressed as Zero]] kills [[spoiler:Emperor Lelouch]]. In this case, it makes a lot of sense why everything occurs so neatly, as [[spoiler:GenreSavvy Lelouch planned his death to ensure a better world, and deliberately made himself the most stereotypical, [[LargeHam over the top]] EvilOverlord he could be, just so he could unite the world in their ''hatred'' of him]].

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* Used in the final episode of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', in which [[spoiler:Suzaku dressed as Zero]] kills [[spoiler:Emperor Lelouch]]. In this case, it makes a lot of sense why everything occurs so neatly, as [[spoiler:GenreSavvy [[spoiler: Lelouch planned his death to ensure a better world, and deliberately made himself the most stereotypical, [[LargeHam over the top]] EvilOverlord he could be, just so he could unite the world in their ''hatred'' of him]].
9th Apr '16 11:34:13 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** Used to great effect by John Wilkes Booth when he assassinated UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln at a crowded theater. There were ''soldiers'' present in the audience, with sidearms. Booth managed to shoot Lincoln, jump down from the President's box onto the stage, ''break his leg'' while landing, give a BondOneLiner, run offstage, leave the theater, get his horse, and gallop away. Nobody stopped him. From later witness interviews, reactions when it happened varied from "wait, is there a gunshot in this play? I don't think there is" to "oh, it's John Wilkes Booth, popular actor, [[HeyItsThatGuy I know that guy]]. Why's he jumping on stage in a play he's not in?" [[RefugeInAudacity The act was so brazen that by the time anyone wrapped their head around what had just happened, Booth was long gone]].

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** Used to great effect by John Wilkes Booth when he assassinated UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln at a crowded theater. There were ''soldiers'' present in the audience, with sidearms. Booth managed to shoot Lincoln, jump down from the President's box onto the stage, ''break his leg'' while landing, give a BondOneLiner, run offstage, leave the theater, get his horse, and gallop away. Nobody stopped him. From later witness interviews, reactions when it happened varied from "wait, is there a gunshot in this play? I don't think there is" to "oh, it's John Wilkes Booth, popular actor, [[HeyItsThatGuy I know that guy]].guy. Why's he jumping on stage in a play he's not in?" [[RefugeInAudacity The act was so brazen that by the time anyone wrapped their head around what had just happened, Booth was long gone]].
17th Mar '16 8:46:09 PM Odacon_Spy
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* This is what saves the day for the FBI in ''Film/TheJackal'', similarly to the book it was based on (''The Day of the Jackal'' - see the Literature section below). Decclan realizes [[spoiler: that they are protecting the wrong target because he knows that the called-for MO is something "public and brutal", which won't be achieved by assassinating the director of the FBI with all the precautions they're taking.]] Combined with the "can't protect his women" line, he realizes that [[spoiler: the real target is the First Lady, who is to speak at the opening of the children's wing of a hospital that day.]]

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* This is what saves the day for the FBI in ''Film/TheJackal'', similarly to the book it was based on (''The Day of the Jackal'' - see the Literature section below). Decclan Declan realizes [[spoiler: that they are protecting the wrong target because he knows that the called-for MO is something "public and brutal", which won't be achieved by assassinating the director of the FBI with all the precautions they're taking.]] Combined with the "can't protect his women" line, he realizes that [[spoiler: the real target is the First Lady, who is to speak at the opening of the children's wing of a hospital that day.]]
17th Mar '16 8:45:13 PM Odacon_Spy
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* Narrowly averted in the climactic scene of ''Film/TheEmperorAndTheAssassin''. The eponymous assassin (who used to be the numer one hitman in Yan, but now appreciates life and is a DeathSeeker) chases the eponymous emperor Qin up and down his throne room, dagger in hand, in front of hundreds of courtiers. No one of them lift a finger to help him, only running from them both. Emperor Qin finally fights off and kills the assassin all by himself after minutes of this, (making it a OverlyLongGag) and then turns on his courtiers, supposedly his loyal supporters, and says "None of you did anything." It was one of the most brutally effective {{DespairEventHorizon}}s ever filmed, as he realizes that he is now the sole ruler of all China, but that [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating everyone hates]] him and is afraid of him, and no one cares for him at all.

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* Narrowly averted in the climactic scene of ''Film/TheEmperorAndTheAssassin''. The eponymous assassin (who used to be the numer number one hitman in Yan, but now appreciates life and is a DeathSeeker) chases the eponymous emperor Qin up and down his throne room, dagger in hand, in front of hundreds of courtiers. No Not one of them lift a finger to help him, only running from them both. Emperor Qin finally fights off and kills the assassin all by himself after minutes of this, (making it a an OverlyLongGag) and then turns on to his courtiers, supposedly his loyal supporters, and says "None of you did anything." It was one of the most brutally effective {{DespairEventHorizon}}s ever filmed, as he realizes that he is now the sole ruler of all China, but that [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating everyone hates]] him hates and is afraid of fears]] him, and no one cares for him at all.
17th Mar '16 8:38:03 PM Odacon_Spy
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** About three-fourths of the assassinations in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' are still perfect examples of this trope. The first, before the PlayerCharacter has actually learned the idea of restraint and stealth at all, is even carried out in broad daylight, at a social event of sorts. Ezio has the time to stab his target's corpse repeatedly and scream his own name to the heavens (with all the gusto of a man on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge while onlookers gasp/scream and the guards began to catch on. Tellingly, he is [[WhatTheHellHero called out on this]], among other things in the game that showed lack of respect.

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** About three-fourths of the assassinations in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' are still perfect examples of this trope. The first, before the PlayerCharacter has actually learned the idea of restraint and stealth at all, is even carried out in broad daylight, at a social event of sorts. Ezio has the time to stab his target's corpse repeatedly and scream his own name to the heavens (with all the gusto of a man on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge RoaringRampageOfRevenge) while onlookers gasp/scream and the guards began to catch on. Tellingly, he is [[WhatTheHellHero called out on this]], among other things in the game that showed lack of respect.
8th Feb '16 9:24:50 AM nighttrainfm
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-->-- '''[[http://tardiseruditorum.blogspot.com/2011/03/ready-to-outsit-eternity-ark.html Philip Sandifer]]'''

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-->-- '''[[http://tardiseruditorum.blogspot.com/2011/03/ready-to-outsit-eternity-ark.html '''[[http://www.eruditorumpress.com/blog/ready-to-outsit-eternity-the-ark/ Philip Sandifer]]'''
24th Jan '16 8:59:04 PM FuzzyBoots
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* ''Film/AssassinationGames'': Brazil kills his first target at the beginning of the film by slashing his throat in front of an entire wedding party, and then escaping during the confusion.
29th Dec '15 10:11:27 AM TheGoodFriar
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** The colonial Marshall has one carried out on the Administer from Earth sent to give the subjects their independence in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E4TheMutants The Mutants]]''.

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** The colonial Marshall Marshal has one carried out on the Administer Administrator from Earth sent to give the subjects their independence in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E4TheMutants The Mutants]]''.
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