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22nd Jun '17 4:16:57 PM Spanks
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** The Mane Six inadvertently end up doing this to [[ArcVillain Starlight Glimmer]] after she pulls a HeelFaceTurn at the end of Season Five. Despite stealing cutie marks from ponies, enslaving a village, and then nearly destroying the world due to a time-travelling revenge scheme, Starlight Glimmer surprisingly isn't punished for her actions. Instead, Twilight Sparkle and the others [[EasilyForgiven easily forgive]] Starlight and give her a second chance as Twilight's student. Throughout the following season, Starlight still can't understand why she was forgiven, developed [[BeAllMySinsRemembered a personality quirk]], and spends most of the season struggling with her shame [[ThePunishmentIsTheCrime and being haunted by her evil past]], to the point where she takes on a TroubledFetalPosition when confronted by her old village.
11th Jun '17 5:32:29 PM nombretomado
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* In the YouTubePoop "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OVCpD-7nI4 One more Final: I need you(Tube Poop)]]" Luigi refuses to kill Link despite his pleadings, preferring to let him live with his misery.

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* In the YouTubePoop WebAnimation/YouTubePoop "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OVCpD-7nI4 One more Final: I need you(Tube Poop)]]" Luigi refuses to kill Link despite his pleadings, preferring to let him live with his misery.
10th Jun '17 4:44:47 PM MarkLungo
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** The first time Morpheus goes to Hell, he escapes by pointing out that "What terrors would Hell hold if those entombed within could not dream of Heaven?" This gets kicked up a notch when Hell is taken over by a pair of angels after Lucifer abandons his position. The two decide that horrible things will still happen, but for the purpose of reform instead of punishment. This makes everything so much worse, because it implies a false hope that the torment of the damned might someday ''end''. Key word being "false." (The damned, for their part, are astonished that the angels achieved this.)

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** The first time Morpheus goes to Hell, {{Hell}}, he escapes by pointing out that "What terrors would Hell hold if those entombed within could not dream of Heaven?" {{Heaven}}?" This gets kicked up a notch when Hell is taken over by a pair of angels after Lucifer abandons his position. The two decide that horrible things will still happen, but for the purpose of reform instead of punishment. This makes everything so much worse, because it implies a false hope that the torment of the damned might someday ''end''. Key word being "false." (The damned, for their part, are astonished that the angels achieved this.)



* During the events of "Dead End Kids", the ComicBook/{{Runaways}} become stuck in New York City in 1907, where they encounter past versions of Gertrude Yorkes' parents. When the Yorkes discover that their daughter is dead, they launch a plan to nuke the city to kill the Runaways. It fails, and the Runaways' leader, Nico Minoru, decides to punish them by casting a spell that forces them to go back and live out the rest of their lives knowing that they and Gertrude will all die, and they can't do or say anything to stop it.

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* During the events of "Dead End Kids", the ComicBook/{{Runaways}} become stuck in New York City UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity in 1907, where they encounter past versions of Gertrude Yorkes' Yorke's parents. When the Yorkes discover that their daughter is dead, they launch a plan to nuke the city to kill the Runaways. It fails, and the Runaways' leader, Nico Minoru, decides to punish them by casting a spell that forces them to go back and live out the rest of their lives knowing that they and Gertrude will all die, and they can't do or say anything to stop it.
10th Jun '17 4:41:29 PM MarkLungo
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* In ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'', ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'' explains ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' that she doesn't want ''Comicbook/LexLuthor'' dead because she wants him to suffer. If he's dead she can't make him pay for his crimes which include [[spoiler:her parents and Supergirl's cousin's murders]].

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* In ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'', ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'' explains ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' that she doesn't want ''Comicbook/LexLuthor'' Lex Luthor dead because she wants him to suffer. If he's dead she can't make him pay for his crimes which include [[spoiler:her parents and Supergirl's cousin's murders]].
10th Jun '17 4:40:30 PM MarkLungo
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** Similarly, in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', the evil members of the [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Mankind Liberation Front]] are ultimately forced into helping care for the survivors of an attack they helped launch; Lex Luthor is especially galled at having to empty bedpans.

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** Similarly, in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', the evil members of the [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Mankind Liberation Front]] are ultimately forced into helping care for the survivors of an attack they helped launch; Lex Luthor ComicBook/LexLuthor is especially galled at having to empty bedpans.
10th Jun '17 4:39:24 PM MarkLungo
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* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/1053817/chapters/2793109 God Is Cruel]]'', after Oliver's actions lead to Laurel being stabbed by Slade, her husband [[{{Supernatural}} Dean]] furiously tells Oliver he'll kill him if she dies. Later, as Dean prepares to take her off life-support, he tells Roy he's actually going to make sure Oliver lives, and gives to a ToThePain-esque speech about why that's actually worse. Roy is left genuinely terrified by it.

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* In tjhe ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''[=/=]''Series/{{Arrow}}'' crossover fanfic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/1053817/chapters/2793109 God Is Cruel]]'', after Oliver's actions lead to Laurel being stabbed by Slade, her husband [[{{Supernatural}} Dean]] Dean furiously tells Oliver he'll kill him if she dies. Later, as Dean prepares to take her off life-support, he tells Roy he's actually going to make sure Oliver lives, and gives to a ToThePain-esque speech about why that's actually worse. Roy is left genuinely terrified by it.





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\n* Usually, the objective of a DuelToTheDeath (whether it's a WizardsDuel or otherwise) is to kill your foe. However, in ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'', Merlin wins the duel with Madame Mim by giving her a rare but non-lethal disease, mocking her by saying she'll be as good (or rather, as bad) as ever in a few weeks after plenty of rest, fresh air, and sunlight. (and Mim ''really'' hates sunlight.)



* At the beginning of HocusPocus, Winnifred Sanderson punishes Thackery by transforming him into an immortal housecat.

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* At the beginning of HocusPocus, ''Film/HocusPocus'', Winnifred Sanderson punishes Thackery by transforming him into an immortal housecat.



* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Peggy confronts Cotton on his deathbed to [[CallingTheOldManOut Call The Old Man Out]] for being such a horrible, emotionally abusive father to Hank, who only ever wanted his father's love and approval. She takes a hint from one of the page quotes above by saying she hopes he will never die, so that he may live forever in the hell that he has created for himself. Cotton, just to spite her, responds "Do you, now?" and dies immediately thereafter.
* Usually, the objective of a DuelToTheDeath (whether it's a WizardsDuel or otherwise) is to kill your foe. However, in ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'', Merlin wins the duel with Madame Mim by giving her a rare but non-lethal disease, mocking her by saying she'll be as good (or rather, as bad) as ever in a few weeks after plenty of rest, fresh air, and sunlight. (and Mim ''really'' hates sunlight.)

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* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Peggy confronts Cotton on his deathbed to [[CallingTheOldManOut Call The Old Man Out]] for being such a horrible, emotionally abusive father to Hank, who only ever wanted [[WellDoneSonGuy his father's love and approval.approval]]. She takes a hint from one of the page quotes above by saying she hopes he will never die, so that he may live forever in the hell that he has created for himself. Cotton, just to spite her, responds "Do you, now?" and dies immediately thereafter.
* Usually, the objective of a DuelToTheDeath (whether it's a WizardsDuel or otherwise) is to kill your foe. However, in ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'', Merlin wins the duel with Madame Mim by giving her a rare but non-lethal disease, mocking her by saying she'll be as good (or rather, as bad) as ever in a few weeks after plenty of rest, fresh air, and sunlight. (and Mim ''really'' hates sunlight.)
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10th Jun '17 4:32:05 PM MarkLungo
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* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Simba corners Scar at his mercy and after a climactic fight scene, eventually sends him off the edge of Pride Rock, where Scar is now at the cruel mercy of his ''hyena henchman'', [[DisneyVillainDeath who finish the job on their traitorous leader.]]

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* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Simba corners Scar at his mercy and after a climactic fight scene, eventually sends him off the edge of Pride Rock, where Scar is now at the cruel mercy of his ''hyena henchman'', hyena henchmen, [[DisneyVillainDeath who finish the job on their traitorous leader.]]
10th Jun '17 2:02:56 PM TitoMosquito
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* Usually, the objective of a DuelToTheDeath (whether it's a WizardsDuel or otherwise) is to kill your foe. However, in ''WesternAnimation/TheSwordInTheStone'', Merlin wins the duel with Madame Mim by giving her a rare but non-lethal disease, mocking her by saying she'll be as good (or rather, as bad) as ever in a few weeks after plenty of rest, fresh air, and sunlight. (and Mim ''really'' hates sunlight.)

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* Usually, the objective of a DuelToTheDeath (whether it's a WizardsDuel or otherwise) is to kill your foe. However, in ''WesternAnimation/TheSwordInTheStone'', ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'', Merlin wins the duel with Madame Mim by giving her a rare but non-lethal disease, mocking her by saying she'll be as good (or rather, as bad) as ever in a few weeks after plenty of rest, fresh air, and sunlight. (and Mim ''really'' hates sunlight.)
6th Jun '17 11:23:41 AM JackG
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* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica''. [[spoiler:Noodles discovers that his best friend Max faked his death, and arranged Noodles' imprisonment and the death of their friends. Now Max is facing his own lengthy prison sentence, he invites Noodles to take his revenge by killing him. Noodles pretends not to recognise him, stating that the Max he knew [[ThatManIsDead was a good friend who died long ago]]. Max says that's a better way than any of getting revenge, and kills himself by throwing himself into a garbage compactor truck.]]
30th May '17 6:53:08 PM libertydude
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* In ''Film/IShotJesseJames'', [[spoiler: Frank James]] has Robert Ford at gunpoint. However, he decides to spare Bob, but not before telling him that [[spoiler: his LoveInterest Cynthy is leaving him for his rival John Kelley]]. [[TraumaCongaLine Given everything he's been through]], Bob [[GoMadFromTheRevelation doesn't take this news well]].
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