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25th Mar '17 6:28:27 PM ngh93
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* ''Disney/TheHunchbackofNotreDame'': Quasimodo poises Frollo's dagger above him. Frollo begs for his life, but Quasimodo nails him with his speech that Frollo has lied to him all his life about the world being dark and cruel.

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* ''Disney/TheHunchbackofNotreDame'': ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': Quasimodo poises Frollo's dagger above him. Frollo begs for his life, but Quasimodo nails him with his speech that Frollo has lied to him all his life about the world being dark and cruel.
15th Mar '17 1:29:08 PM Vir
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14th Mar '17 3:16:17 PM NNinja
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* In the third movie, Film/{{Harry Potter|and the Prisoner of Azkaban}} convinced his godfather Sirius not to kill the bastard who had framed Sirius for betraying Harry's parents and condemned him to a decade of horrible imprisonment, so they could instead lock him in the same nightmarish prison Sirius had been locked in, where foul, joy-draining demons would slowly drive him into madness and death. Naturally, it backfired.



* In the third book, Literature/{{Harry Potter|and the Prisoner of Azkaban}} convinced his godfather Sirius not to kill the bastard who had framed Sirius for serial homicide and condemned him to a decade of horrible imprisonment, so they could instead lock him in the same nightmarish prison Sirius had been locked in, where foul, joy-draining demons would slowly drive him into madness and death. Naturally, it backfired, but it wasn't all about vengeance, per se.
2nd Mar '17 1:01:39 PM ngh93
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Barnyard}}'': Otis prepares to punch Dag like his dog did, but instead orders him to NEVER return, before hitting him with a golf club and he soars out into the distance while howling in pain.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Barnyard}}'': Otis prepares to punch Dag like his dog dad did, but instead orders him to NEVER return, before hitting him with a golf club and he Dag soars out into the distance while howling in pain.
25th Feb '17 11:29:26 PM AdamC
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* Deconstructed in ''VillainsByNecessity'', through the actions of its chief HeroAntagonist Mizzamir, who could best be described as a LawfulGood EvilOverlord.
** Mizzamir detests killing, which he views as barbaric and wrong, preferring more "enlightened" methods of dealing with criminals. Unfortunately, these involve [[TakenForGranite turning them to stone]] and [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood stripping them of all their free will.]] Even though Mizzamir is doing his best to adhere to the ThouShaltNotKill trope, the story does display that the action isn't really that much better and only technically counts as "merciful." The FiveBadBand [[VillainProtagonist who make up the book's leads]] (and who include among them an unapologetic assassin) openly admit they'd ''prefer'' being killed to what Mizzamir would do to them.
** [[spoiler: The book's backstory reveals that brainwashing people and robbing them of their free will was a recent act for Mizzamir, and his previous actions were even worse. When his compatriot Sir Pryse's brother was turned to the dark side, Pryse begged Mizzamir for mercy and not to kill him. Mizzamir's "mercy" was to turn Pryse's brother into a horse. This really turned out to bite him in the ass, as Pryse realized just what a horrible person Mizzamir was below the surface and joined the forces of darkness to dethrone him.]]
21st Feb '17 6:19:55 PM 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 his evil uncle 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 his evil uncle Scar is now at the cruel mercy of his ''hyena henchman'', [[DisneyVillainDeath who finish the job on their traitorous leader.]]
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackofNotreDame'': Quasimodo poises Frollo's dagger above him. Frollo begs for his life, but Quasimodo nails him with his speech that Frollo has lied to him all his life about the world being dark and cruel.
-->'''Frollo''': Now, now! L-L-Listen to me, Quasimodo!\\
'''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!''
*''WesternAnimation/{{Barnyard}}'': Otis prepares to punch Dag like his dog did, but instead orders him to NEVER return, before hitting him with a golf club and he soars out into the distance while howling in pain.
*''WesternAnimation/OpenSeason'': Shaw prepares to shoot Boog when [[TakingTheBullet Elliot leaps in front and the bullet hits him instead.]] This makes Boog enraged and he pins shaw to the ground and roars fiercely in his face, before tying him up with his own gun. [[spoiler: Elliot's fine; the bullet only shot off his remaining antler.]]

21st Feb '17 3:32:59 PM Psyclone
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** In ''VideoGame/Hitman2016'', 47 can deal with [[spoiler:Erich Soders]] by [[spoiler:destroying the extremely rare replacement heart he betrayed the ICA for, condemning him to a slow death in a hospital bed since there's no way of getting another heart in time.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/Hitman2016'', Hokkaido mission, 47 can deal with [[spoiler:Erich Soders]] by [[spoiler:destroying via a great variety of [[CruelAndUnusualDeath Cruel and Unusual Deaths]]... or he can simply [[spoiler:destroy the extremely rare replacement heart he Soders betrayed the ICA for, condemning him the latter to a slow death in a hospital bed since there's no way of getting another heart in time.]]
15th Feb '17 4:32:39 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', after escaping his restraints Kaneki beats [[TortureTechnician Yamori]] within an inch of his life and devours his Kagune. Then, having crippled the other Ghoul suitably, he simply leaves him to be [[ThrowEmToTheWolves finished off]] whenever [[TheHunter CCG]] finally finds him.

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* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', after escaping his restraints Kaneki beats [[TortureTechnician Yamori]] within an inch of his life and devours his Kagune. Then, having crippled the other Ghoul suitably, he simply leaves him to be [[ThrowEmToTheWolves finished off]] whenever [[TheHunter [[HunterOfMonsters CCG]] finally finds him.
5th Feb '17 6:31:08 PM 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 his evil uncle is now at the cruel mercy of his ''hyena henchman'', [[DisneyVillainDeath who finish the job on their traitorous leader.]]

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5th Feb '17 2:48:29 PM Vir
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* In ''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', the Jedi Council spares [[BigBad Darth]] [[spoiler: [[PredecessorVillain Revan's]] life]], only to [[spoiler: completely overwrite his personality in order to [[HeelFaceBrainwashing make him into their pawn.]]]]
* ''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'',

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* In ''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', the Jedi Council spares [[BigBad Darth]] [[spoiler: [[PredecessorVillain Revan's]] life]], only to [[spoiler: completely overwrite his personality in order to [[HeelFaceBrainwashing make him into their pawn.]]]]
* ''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'',''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'',



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* ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'',''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'':



** 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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** Lightsided Light-sided 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.



* 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}}'', ''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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