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25th Jun '16 8:40:48 PM nombretomado
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* Near the end of the first ''BaldursGate'', with about three battles left in the game, you can meet [[BigBad Sarevok's]] mentor, cast aside and too injured to move. He expected to die in Sarevok's ascension to godhood and go down in history as its architect, but you have the option to leave him alive to watch his plans crumble and eventually die in obscurity (without the option to surrender).

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* Near the end of the first ''BaldursGate'', ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', with about three battles left in the game, you can meet [[BigBad Sarevok's]] mentor, cast aside and too injured to move. He expected to die in Sarevok's ascension to godhood and go down in history as its architect, but you have the option to leave him alive to watch his plans crumble and eventually die in obscurity (without the option to surrender).
25th Jun '16 6:44:44 AM KingLyger
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* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' has been billed as a game about assassination in which you don't actually have to kill anyone. You can do a full pacifist run, but the targets still need to be "neutralized" in some way or another. There's a non-lethal option for dealing with each individual target, which is often a FateWorseThanDeath and possibly quite ironic.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' has been billed as a game about assassination in which you don't actually have to kill anyone. You can do a full pacifist run, PacifistRun, but the targets still need to be "neutralized" in some way or another. There's a non-lethal option for dealing with each individual target, which is often a FateWorseThanDeath and possibly quite ironic. It's enough that PlayerCharacter Corvo Attano has become [[Pantheon/MentalismIntermediateGods the god of Cruel Mercy]].



* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COsdpIwVd9g "You'll walk... WITH A LIMP!!!"]] (Note: Spoiler alert)[[note]][[spoiler: It's worth noting that Max leaves the BigBad alive to suffer with the massive, utter loss of everything he'd been working towards - his power, money, status, and prestige - not because of Cruel Mercy, but so that the public can know the full extent of what happened ''and'' have someone to rightly blame for it. It's also worth noting that the BigBad doesn't last a week in jail before being found dead.]][[/note]]

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* At the end of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COsdpIwVd9g "You'll walk... WITH A LIMP!!!"]] (Note: Spoiler alert)[[note]][[spoiler: It's worth noting that 3'', Max leaves the BigBad alive to suffer with the massive, utter loss of everything he'd been working towards - his power, money, status, and prestige - not because of Cruel Mercy, but so that the public can know the full extent of what happened ''and'' have someone to rightly blame for it.it. [[spoiler:But, just for good measure, Max gives him some immediate karma by stomping on the villain's leg, breaking it so badly that the bone sticks through his skin. It's also worth noting that the BigBad doesn't last a week in jail before being found dead.]][[/note]]]]
25th Jun '16 2:25:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[TheStarscream Grimian]], a member of the Vandals in ''HotWheelsBattleForce5'', overthrows [[BigBad Captain Kalus]] but instead of killing him, spares his life so he may live in shame. When Kalus returns and defeats him, he [[IronicEcho tells him the exact same thing]] and [[KickedUpStairs promotes him to his second in command]] so Grimian can live in his shadow. [[spoiler:After Grimian sells out the Vandals to the Red Sentients, Kalus and Grimian have a final battle, ending with Kalus' victory. After destroying Grimian's car, he banishes Grimian instead of killing him, once more prefering the traitor live in shame rather than die in battle like a warrior. However, after his next attack, which has the entire planet invaded, Kalus just executes him.]]

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* [[TheStarscream Grimian]], a member of the Vandals in ''HotWheelsBattleForce5'', ''WesternAnimation/HotWheelsBattleForce5'', overthrows [[BigBad Captain Kalus]] but instead of killing him, spares his life so he may live in shame. When Kalus returns and defeats him, he [[IronicEcho tells him the exact same thing]] and [[KickedUpStairs promotes him to his second in command]] so Grimian can live in his shadow. [[spoiler:After Grimian sells out the Vandals to the Red Sentients, Kalus and Grimian have a final battle, ending with Kalus' victory. After destroying Grimian's car, he banishes Grimian instead of killing him, once more prefering the traitor live in shame rather than die in battle like a warrior. However, after his next attack, which has the entire planet invaded, Kalus just executes him.]]
12th Jun '16 9:06:08 PM PaulA
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** Worth noting that the contemporary parallel play, ''The Jew of Malta'', involves the eponymous Jew dying by being boiled in a pot of oil. * shrug* FateWorseThanDeath versus CruelAndUnusualDeath...

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** Worth noting that the contemporary parallel play, ''The Jew of Malta'', ''Theatre/TheJewOfMalta'', involves the eponymous Jew dying by being boiled in a pot of oil. * shrug* *shrug* FateWorseThanDeath versus CruelAndUnusualDeath...
12th Jun '16 6:58:34 PM snichols1973
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** In the "Sink the Montana" episode, retiring Admiral Lattimer learns that his ship, the U.S.S. Montana, is about to be decommissioned and sent to the scrapyards, and [[FaceHeelTurn defects to Cobra]], in a desperate attempt to save the ship to which he has become emotionally attached, onyl to ahve ,

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** In the "Sink the Montana" episode, retiring Admiral Lattimer learns that his ship, the U.S.S. Montana, is about to be decommissioned and sent to the scrapyards, and [[FaceHeelTurn defects to Cobra]], in a desperate attempt to save the ship to which he has become emotionally attached, onyl attached. Near the end, when Lattimer realizes that his ship is set for self-destruct on a collision course with the naval base, General Hawk spares Lattimer's life, and thwarts his attempt to ahve , go down with the Montana, with Lattimer bitterly lamenting that death would have been more preferable since being eternally separated from his ship is a FateWorseThanDeath.
12th Jun '16 6:40:52 PM snichols1973
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* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'':
** In the "Sink the Montana" episode, retiring Admiral Lattimer learns that his ship, the U.S.S. Montana, is about to be decommissioned and sent to the scrapyards, and [[FaceHeelTurn defects to Cobra]], in a desperate attempt to save the ship to which he has become emotionally attached, onyl to ahve ,
11th Jun '16 3:43:19 PM nombretomado
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* Wizards in the SwordOfTruth like doing this. Zoranders and Rahls are especially well-known for it.

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* Wizards in the SwordOfTruth ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' like doing this. Zoranders and Rahls are especially well-known for it.
10th Jun '16 10:47:03 PM Gamermaster
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* This is Luffy's mindset when fighting a major villain in''Manga/OnePiece''. He attacks with all his might, but would rather see his enemy live with all his hopes and dreams gone than downright killing them. Occasionally, however, some villains actually end up better off than they started (Wapol, for example became an incredibly wealthy toymaker and tyrant of another kingdom, and Eneru went to the moon like he originally wanted).

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* This is Luffy's mindset when fighting a major villain in''Manga/OnePiece''.in ''Manga/OnePiece''. He attacks with all his might, but would rather see his enemy live with all his hopes and dreams gone than downright killing them. Occasionally, however, some villains actually end up better off than they started (Wapol, for example became an incredibly wealthy toymaker and tyrant of another kingdom, and Eneru went to the moon like he originally wanted).
10th Jun '16 2:47:17 PM Nithael
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* ''Series/{{Power Rangers Super Megaforce}}'':
** In the episode "Vrak is Back, Part 1", the returned villain Vrak shows the Megaforce Rangers cruel mercy not once, but twice. At the end of their first battle, he tells the Rangers he wants them to suffer in the humiliation of their defeat. At the end of their second battle, he once AGAIN says he won't destroy the Rangers, instead leaving them alive so they are [[ForcedtoWatch Forced to Watch]] his Drills destroy the Earth.

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* ''Series/{{Power Rangers Super Megaforce}}'':
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Megaforce}}'': In the episode "Vrak is Back, Part 1", the returned villain Vrak shows the Megaforce Rangers cruel mercy not once, but twice. At the end of their first battle, he tells the Rangers he wants them to suffer in the humiliation of their defeat. At the end of their second battle, he once AGAIN says he won't destroy the Rangers, instead leaving them alive so they are [[ForcedtoWatch Forced to Watch]] his Drills destroy the Earth.


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* ''Series/The100'': When Clarke is given the chance to kill Emerson for [[spoiler:his role in killing 42 Sky People]] but instead she decides to banish him and force him to live with the knowledge that he'll never get revenge for [[spoiler:his son and his people's death]]. This comes back to bite her in the ass when he returns to kill all her friends personally.
6th Jun '16 5:48:17 AM Morgenthaler
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** In one episode, O'Brien meets an alien who is specifically bred to be TheMostDangerousGame and is hunted by a ProudWarriorRace. The prey ultimately gets captured by the hunters in a shameful way, so they give him a FateWorseThanDeath by sentencing him to go back to their homeworld alive and caged, the ultimate humiliation. O'Brien rescues him and allows the hunt to continue, to the joy of both prey and hunters.

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** In one episode, O'Brien meets an alien who is specifically bred to be TheMostDangerousGame and is hunted for HuntingTheMostDangerousGame by a ProudWarriorRace. The prey ultimately gets captured by the hunters in a shameful way, so they give him a FateWorseThanDeath by sentencing him to go back to their homeworld alive and caged, the ultimate humiliation. O'Brien rescues him and allows the hunt to continue, to the joy of both prey and hunters.
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