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8th Feb '16 7:00:06 PM Katsuhagi
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Usually, the villain or one of the hero's friends will ask "[[NoNonsenseNemesis Why did you let me/him live?]]" Expect the hero to give a [[ToThePain vivid description]] of how they believe they are being [[FateWorseThanDeath much crueler this way]].
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Usually, the villain or one of the hero's friends will ask "[[NoNonsenseNemesis Why did you let me/him live?]]" Expect the hero to give a [[ToThePain vivid description]] of how they believe they are being [[FateWorseThanDeath much crueler this way]]. \n Might also overlap with NotWorthKilling if the intended message is used to insult the value of the person being spared.
8th Feb '16 6:58:38 PM Katsuhagi
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* This is one aspect of the Counting Coup practice among the Great Plains Indians. It sends the message, "I can lay my hands on you and there's not a damn thing you can do to stop me. You are so far below me that you are not even worth killing."'
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* This is one aspect of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counting_coup Counting Coup Coup]] practice among the Great Plains Indians. It sends the message, "I can lay my hands on you and there's not a damn thing you can do to stop me. You are so far below me that you are not even worth killing."'"
8th Feb '16 6:03:25 PM Eoppen
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* In Creator/SharonKayPenman's first novel, ''TheSunneInSplendour,'' Edward of York has [[YouKilledMyFather every good reason in the world]] to execute the defeated Marguerite d'Anjou, but refrains. She asks him the ArmorPiercingQuestion: "Even if it were a mercy?" His response: ''Especially if it were a mercy."
7th Feb '16 5:44:34 PM Katsuhagi
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* At the end of chapter 49 of ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'', Minka Dutan'vir sees former Kyorl'solenurn Holy MOther Vala'drielle, who earlier in the chapter had ordered the reclaimed tower of his people dropped and many of them killed, then tried to burn Minka himself at the stake as an example only to be interrupted by a peaceful protest led to by the intended Holy Mother of the clan, Anahid. He chases and corners her and begins to choke her, but remembers and echoes Anahid's words that forgiveness is true strength and lets Vala'drielle go. Vala'drielle simply spits FantasticRacism at him, and is left to live and fade away in ignominy as the KnightTemplar attitude she embodies will soon be a think of the past.
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* At the end of chapter 49 of ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'', Minka Dutan'vir sees former Kyorl'solenurn Holy MOther Vala'drielle, who earlier in the chapter had ordered the reclaimed tower of his people dropped and many of them killed, then tried to burn Minka himself at the stake as an example only to be interrupted by a peaceful protest led to by the intended Holy Mother of the clan, Anahid. He chases and corners her and begins to choke her, but remembers and echoes Anahid's words that forgiveness is true strength and lets Vala'drielle go. Vala'drielle simply spits FantasticRacism at him, and is left to live and fade away in ignominy as the KnightTemplar attitude she embodies will soon be a think thing of the past.
7th Feb '16 5:44:27 PM Katsuhagi
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* At the end of chapter 49 of ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'', Minka Dutan'vir sees Vala'drielle, who earlier in the chapter had ordered the reclaimed tower of his people dropped and many of them killed, then tried to burn Minka himself at the stake as an example only to be interrupted by a peaceful protest led to by the intended leader of the clan, Anahid. He chases and corners her and begins to choke her, but remembers and echoes Anaihd's words that forgiveness is true strength and lets Vala'drielle go. Vala'drielle simply spits FantasticRacism at him, and is left to live and fade away in ignominy.
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* At the end of chapter 49 of ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'', Minka Dutan'vir sees former Kyorl'solenurn Holy MOther Vala'drielle, who earlier in the chapter had ordered the reclaimed tower of his people dropped and many of them killed, then tried to burn Minka himself at the stake as an example only to be interrupted by a peaceful protest led to by the intended leader Holy Mother of the clan, Anahid. He chases and corners her and begins to choke her, but remembers and echoes Anaihd's Anahid's words that forgiveness is true strength and lets Vala'drielle go. Vala'drielle simply spits FantasticRacism at him, and is left to live and fade away in ignominy. ignominy as the KnightTemplar attitude she embodies will soon be a think of the past.
7th Feb '16 5:43:22 PM Katsuhagi
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* At the end of chapter 49 of ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'', Minka Dutan'vir sees Vala'drielle, who earlier in the chapter had ordered the reclaimed tower of his people dropped and many of them killed, then tried to burn Minka himself at the stake as an example only to be interrupted by a peaceful protest led to by the intended leader of the clan, Anahid. He chases and corners her and begins to choke her, but remembers and echoes Anaihd's words that forgiveness is true strength and lets Vala'drielle go. Vala'drielle simply spits FantasticRacism at him, and is left to live and fade away in ignominy.
6th Feb '16 6:43:03 AM Wyldchyld
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** ''The Wire''. Garak mysteriously collapses, leading Bashir on a quest to the Cardassion Union to meet the one man capable of saving Garak's life. Enabran Tain. The problem is that Tain is the man who exiled Garak from Cardassia and now hates his former protege with a passion. When he quickly offers Bashir all the information Bashir needs to save Garak's life, Bashir is surprised and thankful. Tain chastises Bashir's gratitude telling him - to Bashir's growing horror - that he's not doing Garak a favour by saving his life. He wants Garak to live a very long life in exile, surrounded by people who hate him for being a Cardassian and knowing he will never, ever be able to return to his beloved homeland again.
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** ''The Wire''. Garak mysteriously collapses, leading Bashir on a quest to the Cardassion Union to meet the one man capable of saving Garak's life. life, Enabran Tain. The problem is that Tain is the man who exiled Garak from Cardassia and now hates his former protege with a passion. When he quickly offers Bashir all the information Bashir needs to save Garak's life, Bashir is surprised and thankful. Tain chastises Bashir's gratitude telling him - to Bashir's growing horror - that he's not doing Garak a favour by saving his life. He wants Garak to live a very long life in exile, surrounded by people who hate him for being a Cardassian and knowing he will never, ever be able to return to his beloved homeland again.
6th Feb '16 6:42:25 AM Wyldchyld
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* Cultural differences resulted in Cruel Mercy to Worf's brother Kurn in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Sons of Mogh". With their family dishonored in the eyes of the Empire, Kurn seeks Worf out to give him his honor back... by killing Kurn in a specific ritual. When Dax puts the pieces together (the identity of the Klingon that recently arrived; Worf's belligerence toward Quark over acquiring a specific type of Klingon incense), she arrives just after Worf has struck with the ritual blade, but is in time to have Kurn transported to the infirmary and save him. Denied the restoration of his honor (especially since Sisko threatened Worf not to try it again), Kurn suffers a FateWorseThanDeath for a Klingon, and slips into a deeper depression, turning suicidal... until Worf decides to provide him with a new identity, and have Kurn's memory wiped, so that he can start his life as a Klingon anew.
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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': ** ''The Wire''. Garak mysteriously collapses, leading Bashir on a quest to the Cardassion Union to meet the one man capable of saving Garak's life. Enabran Tain. The problem is that Tain is the man who exiled Garak from Cardassia and now hates his former protege with a passion. When he quickly offers Bashir all the information Bashir needs to save Garak's life, Bashir is surprised and thankful. Tain chastises Bashir's gratitude telling him - to Bashir's growing horror - that he's not doing Garak a favour by saving his life. He wants Garak to live a very long life in exile, surrounded by people who hate him for being a Cardassian and knowing he will never, ever be able to return to his beloved homeland again. ** ''Sons of Mogh''. Cultural differences resulted in Cruel Mercy to Worf's brother Kurn in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Sons of Mogh".Kurn. With their family dishonored in the eyes of the Empire, Kurn seeks Worf out to give him his honor back... by killing Kurn in a specific ritual. When Dax puts the pieces together (the identity of the Klingon that recently arrived; Worf's belligerence toward Quark over acquiring a specific type of Klingon incense), she arrives just after Worf has struck with the ritual blade, but is in time to have Kurn transported to the infirmary and save him. Denied the restoration of his honor (especially since Sisko threatened Worf not to try it again), Kurn suffers a FateWorseThanDeath for a Klingon, and slips into a deeper depression, turning suicidal... until Worf decides to provide him with a new identity, and have Kurn's memory wiped, so that he can start his life as a Klingon anew.
23rd Jan '16 11:56:34 AM nombretomado
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** The ending features StevenSeagal's attempt at this trope. After roughing up the villain ''anyway'', he tells him "Death is far too merciful a fate for you. So what I'm going to do is put you in prison. A nice petite white boy like you in a federal penitentiary... now let me just put it this way: [[PrisonRape I don't think you'll be able to remain anal-retentive for very long]]."
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** The ending features StevenSeagal's Creator/StevenSeagal's attempt at this trope. After roughing up the villain ''anyway'', he tells him "Death is far too merciful a fate for you. So what I'm going to do is put you in prison. A nice petite white boy like you in a federal penitentiary... now let me just put it this way: [[PrisonRape I don't think you'll be able to remain anal-retentive for very long]]."
20th Jan '16 1:19:44 PM LentilSandEater
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* In ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', several characters (particularly the Imperial faction) have this as an option. For example, sparing [[spoiler:Nomen Karr]] as the Sith Warrior means sending him back to the Jedi Council as a humiliated fallen Jedi while leaving [[spoiler:Tarro Blood]] imprisoned as a Bounty Hunter means denying him an honorable death and letting him go down with the ship you're about to blow up.
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* In ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', several ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', ** Several characters (particularly the Imperial faction) have this as an option. For example, sparing [[spoiler:Nomen Karr]] as the Sith Warrior means sending him back to the Jedi Council as a humiliated fallen Jedi while leaving [[spoiler:Tarro Blood]] imprisoned as a Bounty Hunter means denying him an honorable death and letting him go down with the ship you're about to blow up.up. ** Lightsided Imperials often use this as a justification to their crueller allies for leaving people alive. They wouldn't be able to get away with just leaving them alive for moral reasons, but have to come up with a pragmatic or evil reason to do so.
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