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30th May '16 9:43:17 AM lampshadeortriangle
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* In the third issue of {{Monstress}}, Kippa draws attention away from the friendly human woman Emilia just before the Cumaea can kill her baby for harboring Arcanics. Master Ren draws attention away from Kippa, but the Cumaea surround them both. Kippa is backed up against a tree, surrounded by Cumaea mooks. She fights back, but is no match for them. Then suddenly, one of the Cumaea's unicorn steeds comes running at them, bleeding, in pain, and frenzied, and it soon becomes clear that someone ''tore off its horn''. Cue the Cumaea Elite Mook being [[MomentOfAwesome gored through the neck]] [[BigDamnHeroes by the horn Maika ripped from the unicorn's forehead and threw like a javelin.]]
8th May '16 5:46:58 AM eroock
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The hero is cornered. His back is to the wall, his gun is out of ammo, he's bleeding from at least one wound, and the bad guy has him dead to rights. Perhaps the hero is hanging from a ledge by his fingertips with a bad-guy standing over him, and the bad guy is about to play a round of "stomp the fingers." Whatever the case, things look bad for the hero.

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The hero is cornered. His back is to the wall, his gun is out of ammo, he's bleeding from at least one wound, and the bad guy has him dead to rights. Perhaps the hero is hanging from a ledge by his fingertips with a bad-guy standing over him, and the bad guy is about to play a round of "stomp "[[HandStomp stomp the fingers." fingers]]". Whatever the case, things look bad for the hero.
8th May '16 5:46:04 AM eroock
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-->--- '''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'''

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7th Apr '16 12:24:52 AM Anddrix
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* ''[[Film/TheMazeRunner Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials]]'' has one of the guys in the hideout attempting to shoot Thomas & the gang, only to dramatically fall forward, revealing that he'd been shot in the back by Brenda.

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* ''[[Film/TheMazeRunner Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials]]'' ''Film/MazeRunnerTheScorchTrials'' has one of the guys in the hideout attempting to shoot Thomas & and the gang, only to dramatically fall forward, revealing that he'd been shot in the back by Brenda.
2nd Apr '16 11:42:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* An extreme example occurs in the ''Film/JudgeDredd'' movie, where this trope occurs not once, but twice ''in the same scene.'' During the confrontation with the desert cannibals. Toward the end of the fight, Dredd is about to be speared by the patriarch of the cannibal clan, when the bad guy is killed by a shot from the "cleanup team" sent to make sure that Dredd didn't survive. After the ensuing shoot-out, Dredd is again cornered only to have his attacker shotgunned by Judge Fargo, Dredd's mentor. Fargo is then literally skewered seconds later after saying hello by the cyborg cannibal.

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* ''Film/JudgeDredd'':
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An extreme example occurs in the ''Film/JudgeDredd'' movie, where this trope occurs not once, but twice ''in the same scene.'' During the confrontation with the desert cannibals. Toward the end of the fight, Dredd is about to be speared by the patriarch of the cannibal clan, when the bad guy is killed by a shot from the "cleanup team" sent to make sure that Dredd didn't survive. After the ensuing shoot-out, Dredd is again cornered only to have his attacker shotgunned by Judge Fargo, Dredd's mentor. Fargo is then literally skewered seconds later after saying hello by the cyborg cannibal.



* Marion Ravenwood knocks out a mook from behind with a burning log during the bar fight near the beginning of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' just as he's about to shoot Indiana Jones.

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* ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'':
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Marion Ravenwood knocks out a mook from behind with a burning log during the bar fight near the beginning of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' just as he's about to shoot Indiana Jones.
29th Feb '16 12:16:06 PM Morgenthaler
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** In ''The Fellowship of the Ring'', Lurtz (the [[EliteMooks Uruk-Hai]] captain) is about to finish off Boromir when Aragorn appears to fight him off. [[spoiler:It's too late for Boromir, though.]]
** ''The Two Towers'' has a similar scene twice. After Merry and Pippin are captured, one of the orcs is about to kill a helpless Pippin, when he's suddenly stabbed from behind by a Rider of Rohan. A short time later, the same orc has Merry at his mercy ... and is promptly [[WhenTreesAttack stepped on from behind by Treebeard.]]
** ''The Return of the King'' features a scene where it seems Frodo (captured, naked, bound, weaponless, and Ringless) is about to be killed by an Orc:

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** In ''The Fellowship of the Ring'', ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'', Lurtz (the [[EliteMooks Uruk-Hai]] captain) is about to finish off Boromir when Aragorn appears to fight him off. [[spoiler:It's too late for Boromir, though.]]
** ''The Two Towers'' ''Film/TheTwoTowers'' has a similar scene twice. After Merry and Pippin are captured, one of the orcs is about to kill a helpless Pippin, when he's suddenly stabbed from behind by a Rider of Rohan. A short time later, the same orc has Merry at his mercy ... and is promptly [[WhenTreesAttack stepped on from behind by Treebeard.]]
** ''The Return of the King'' ''Film/TheReturnOfTheKing'' features a scene where it seems Frodo (captured, naked, bound, weaponless, and Ringless) is about to be killed by an Orc:



* In ''TheSimpsonsMovie'', Russ Cargill is about to shoot Homer when a boulder falls on his head and knocks him out, [[LittleMissBadass courtesy of little Maggie]].

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* In ''TheSimpsonsMovie'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', Russ Cargill is about to shoot Homer when a boulder falls on his head and knocks him out, [[LittleMissBadass courtesy of little Maggie]].



* The 2010 remake of ''TheCrazies'' has this happen. Again and again.

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* The 2010 remake of ''TheCrazies'' ''Film/TheCrazies'' has this happen. Again and again.



* ''Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials'' has one of the guys in the hideout attempting to shoot Thomas & the gang, only to dramatically fall forward, revealing that he'd been shot in the back by Brenda.

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* ''Maze ''[[Film/TheMazeRunner Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials'' Trials]]'' has one of the guys in the hideout attempting to shoot Thomas & the gang, only to dramatically fall forward, revealing that he'd been shot in the back by Brenda.
23rd Feb '16 3:59:35 AM Menshevik
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* In the 1994 French film ''La fille de d'Artagnan'' ("[=D'Artagnan=]'s Daughter") the Big Bad has the titular heroine (Sophie Marceau) at his mercy and is about to deliver the ''coup de grâce'' when he suddenly notices a sword-point emerging from his own chest -- courtesy of [[PapaWolf her father]] [[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers d'Artagnan]] (Philippe Noiret).
5th Feb '16 12:37:04 PM StFan
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* Inverted in ''Film/TheAvengers'', when [[spoiler: Loki stabs Agent Coulson in the back, killing him and sparking the Avengers Initiative]].

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* Inverted in ''Film/TheAvengers'', ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', when [[spoiler: Loki [[spoiler:Loki stabs Agent Coulson in the back, killing him and sparking the Avengers Initiative]].
1st Feb '16 1:52:07 AM GrammarNavi
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* Elain attacks Lechuck this way with the cursed cutlass of Kaflu in ''TalesOfMonkeyIsland: Rise of the Pirate God'', but doesn't work as Lechuck had already absorbed so much power it didn't affect him.

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* Elain attacks Lechuck this way with the cursed cutlass of Kaflu in ''TalesOfMonkeyIsland: ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland: Rise of the Pirate God'', but doesn't work as Lechuck had already absorbed so much power it didn't affect him.
27th Jan '16 2:26:31 AM tiiger
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* The climactic action scene in the first ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'' sequel ends with Taggart shooting Karla in the back before she can shoot Axl.
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