History Main / CruelMercy

13th Apr '18 9:25:35 AM ngh93
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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 henchmen, [[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 henchmen, [[DisneyVillainDeath who finish the job on their traitorous leader.]] boss]].



'''Quasimodo''': NO, YOU LISTEN! All my life you've told me the world is a dark, cruel place! But now I see that the only thing dark and cruel about it is people like ''YOU!''

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'''Quasimodo''': NO, YOU LISTEN! All my life life, you've told me the world is a dark, cruel place! But now I see that the only thing dark and cruel about it is people like ''YOU!''
11th Apr '18 4:25:10 PM Chariset
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Heroes rarely kill their enemies: they either practice ThouShaltNotKill or have a [[TheHeart moral friend]] remind them "IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim" if they ever get too tempted. However, some heroes are creative. Much like a torturer using a CoolAndUnusualPunishment, the hero does {{forgive|ness}} the villain, or at least spare his life, but does so in a poetic yet "cruel" way.

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Heroes rarely kill their enemies: they either practice ThouShaltNotKill or have a [[TheHeart moral friend]] remind them "IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim" if they ever get too tempted. However, some heroes are creative. Much like a torturer using a CoolAndUnusualPunishment, the hero does {{forgive|ness}} the villain, or at least spare his life, but does so in a only to inflict suffering and/or enact some poetic yet "cruel" way.
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See also BaitTheDog. Not to be confused with VillainsDyingGrace. Contrast MercyKill, which aims to do the exact opposite, and DoWithHimAsYouWill, where the hero only spares the villain to let others kill him. Contrast GoAndSinNoMore, where the villain is grateful for the hero's mercy. Inverse of CruelToBeKind, which is about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin acting cruel to be kind]]. If the Mercy is genuine and the Cruelty perceived, it's DontYouDarePityMe. May be part of AndIMustScream or overlap with FateWorseThanDeath.

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See also BaitTheDog. Not to be confused with VillainsDyingGrace. Contrast MercyKill, which aims to do the exact opposite, and DoWithHimAsYouWill, where the hero only spares the villain to let others kill him. Contrast GoAndSinNoMore, where the villain is grateful for the hero's mercy. Inverse of CruelToBeKind, which where the act is about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin acting cruel to be kind]].hurtful but will ultimately benefit the victim. If the Mercy is genuine and the Cruelty perceived, it's DontYouDarePityMe. May be part of AndIMustScream or overlap with FateWorseThanDeath.
1st Apr '18 12:50:53 AM CountDorku
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* Breq's orders regarding [[spoiler:their captive instance of Anaander]] at the end of ''[[Literature/ImperialRadch Ancillary Mercy]]'', overruling ''Sphene'''s offer to throttle her: let her go, because she can't really do anything to hurt them, and now she'll have to ''ask nicely'' to be taken to another system instead of being able to order it - and that will, subjectively, be ''way worse'' than simply being throttled.
26th Mar '18 3:20:01 PM TheNerevarine
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* ''{{VideoGame/GUN}}'' has the [[TheHero Colton White]] trapping [[BigBad Magruder]] and [[ToThePain listing all the possible ways he could kill him like cutting his fingers, slitting his throat or jamming a cross into his good eye]], in order to make him pay for his crimes such as the murders of his biological parents, his adoptive father, his love interest and his friend's mutilation. Instead, he decides to leave him there as the entire cave is collapsing because of [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the explosives Magruder were throwing to kill Colt]].
20th Mar '18 11:53:28 AM ANewMan
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* At the climax of the "The Battle For Mewni" special of ''StarVSTheForcesOfEvil'', Toffee intends to do this on Queen Moon, burying her halfway in the dirt and walking away, with Moon's kingdom in shambles, her husband seemingly sent to oblivion, her daughter lost in the realm of corrupted magic, and all magic she could draw forth about to be drained from Mewni completely.
20th Mar '18 11:47:32 AM ANewMan
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* A meta example comes from ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'', which has its primary antagonist Katejina Loos lose both her eyesight and her memory in the final battle to make a surprise appearance at the very end where she is reduced to TheOphelia. The decision to spare Katejina from death was motivated by this trope, as Creator/YoshiyukiTomino detailed in an interview, describing Katejina as too evil for death alone to be a sufficient punishment. As he directly puts it, "Life was a heavier punishment for her".

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* A meta example comes from ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'', which has its primary antagonist Katejina Loos lose both her eyesight and her memory in the final battle to make a surprise appearance at the very end where she is reduced to TheOphelia. The decision to spare Katejina from death was motivated by this trope, as Creator/YoshiyukiTomino detailed in an interview, describing Katejina as having committed too evil many war crimes for death alone to be a sufficient punishment. As he directly puts it, "Life was a heavier punishment for her".
18th Mar '18 7:48:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/ThanosRising'': During his confrontation with his father at the end, Thanos decides to leave him alive just so he can continue to witness his son's atrocities while being unable to stop him.
16th Mar '18 10:47:41 PM ShorinBJ
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** Delilah: [[spoiler:Trapping her as an inanimate island within the Void ''for all eternity''... At least until she escapes in 2.]]

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** Delilah: [[spoiler:Trapping her as an inanimate island within the Void ''for all eternity''... At least until she escapes in 2.several years later.]]



** Kirin Jindosh: [[spoiler:Using an intelligence-draining chair he created to functionally lobotomize him]].

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** Kirin Jindosh: [[spoiler:Using an intelligence-draining electroshock chair he created to functionally lobotomize him]].
7th Mar '18 2:03:17 PM WickedIcon
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* An infamous example happened to Creator/LucioFulci's ''Film/TheNewYorkRipper'' in 1984. BBFC director James Ferman got creative with the punishment he had in store for the film for potentially violating British obscenity laws of the time. He didn't order any print to be destroyed; rather, he ordered all prints within the UK to be returned to Italy.
26th Feb '18 6:18:15 PM nombretomado
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* In the canon ending of ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'', Caim doesn't kill [[spoiler:Manah]] after defeating her, instead opting to personally drag her around the entire country and tell everyone that they meet that everything that has happened was entirely her fault (well, figuratively 'telling': [[HeroicMime Caim's mute]]. Presumably he uses SignLanguage, or 'interpretive brutal murder'). Caim, being [[SociopathicHero Caim]], is making a traumatized formerly-possessed 6-year-old with abandonment issues walk from village to village in the cold and the rain, just so that everybody she meets will hate her, and this is in character for him. In the end, she ''stabs him in the eye'' and ''jumps off a cliff'' to escape. When they meet again in the sequel, she ''[[FreakOut utterly freaks out]]'' at the sight of him.

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* In the canon ending of ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'', Caim doesn't kill [[spoiler:Manah]] after defeating her, instead opting to personally drag her around the entire country and tell everyone that they meet that everything that has happened was entirely her fault (well, figuratively 'telling': [[HeroicMime Caim's mute]]. Presumably he uses SignLanguage, UsefulNotes/SignLanguage, or 'interpretive brutal murder'). Caim, being [[SociopathicHero Caim]], is making a traumatized formerly-possessed 6-year-old with abandonment issues walk from village to village in the cold and the rain, just so that everybody she meets will hate her, and this is in character for him. In the end, she ''stabs him in the eye'' and ''jumps off a cliff'' to escape. When they meet again in the sequel, she ''[[FreakOut utterly freaks out]]'' at the sight of him.
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