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19th Aug '16 5:49:11 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Series/TrueBlood''. Eric wanted to leave Russell in the sun to burn, until he had a vision of Godric and decided to spare Russell. By burying him in concrete the following night. Naturally, his vision of Godric does not approve.

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* ''Series/TrueBlood''. Eric wanted to leave Russell in the sun to burn, until he had a vision of Godric and decided to spare Russell. By burying him in concrete the following night. Naturally, his vision of Godric does not approve. [[spoiler:It also backfires, as a vampire zealot ends up freeing Russell in an attempt to overthrow the Authority. Eventually, though, Eric finally has his vengeance and stakes Russell]].
19th Aug '16 5:42:41 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/RobinHood'', Robin spares Gisborne's life after he has [[spoiler:killed Marian, the woman they both loved, and Robin's wife]]. Gisborne begs Robin to end his life; instead Robin spares him and forces him to live with his guilt (though by the next episode Guy is terrorising the village of Locksley and ends up killing the [[ReplacementScrappy new regular's]] kid brother, so letting him live probably wasn't such a good idea after all).

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* In ''Series/RobinHood'', Robin spares Gisborne's life after he has [[spoiler:killed Marian, the woman they both loved, and Robin's wife]]. Gisborne begs Robin to end his life; instead Robin spares him and forces him to live with his guilt (though by the next episode Guy is terrorising the village of Locksley and ends up killing the [[ReplacementScrappy new regular's]] kid brother, so letting him live probably wasn't such a good idea after all). They do end up reconciling by the end of season 2, especially after finding out that [[spoiler:they share a half-brother (by Robin's father and Gisborne's mother), only for both to be killed in the GrandFinale]].
18th Aug '16 8:49:52 PM PaulA
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* In the ''Mountains of Mourning'' novella, MilesVorkosigan had to judge an old woman for the killing of her "mutant" granddaughter (who only had a harelip, actually). The woman was upholding cruel traditions she'd grown up with, but executing her (per the law) would not serve any purpose other than to make people cling more tightly to the backwards traditions rather than less. Instead, Miles declared her legally dead and forbade anyone from performing traditional funerary rites for her. In her mind, and in the minds of those who would have agreed with her killing her granddaughter, this effectively destroyed her ''soul''. It also made her legally dependent on her daughter, the mother of the child she had murdered.
** In a later MilesVorkosigan novel, ''Memory'', his boss/mentor Illyan's biochip was sabotaged [[spoiler:by one of Illyan's subordinates and friends,]] which nearly drove him insane to the point where he begged for a clean death. After they ferret out the culprit, Miles wonders if the man will commit suicide now that he's been caught, and asks Illyan if he would want to [[LeaveBehindAPistol allow that]].
--> '''Illyan''': Dying's easy. Living's hard. Let the son of a bitch stand his court-martial. Every last eternal minute of it.

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* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
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In the ''Mountains of Mourning'' ''Literature/TheMountainsOfMourning'' novella, MilesVorkosigan Miles Vorkosigan had to judge an old woman for the killing of her "mutant" granddaughter (who only had a harelip, actually). The woman was upholding cruel traditions she'd grown up with, but executing her (per the law) would not serve any purpose other than to make people cling more tightly to the backwards traditions rather than less. Instead, Miles declared her legally dead and forbade anyone from performing traditional funerary rites for her. In her mind, and in the minds of those who would have agreed with her killing her granddaughter, this effectively destroyed her ''soul''. It also made her legally dependent on her daughter, the mother of the child she had murdered.
** In a later MilesVorkosigan novel, ''Memory'', his ''Literature/{{Memory}}'', Miles's boss/mentor Illyan's biochip was sabotaged [[spoiler:by one of Illyan's subordinates and friends,]] which nearly drove him insane to the point where he begged for a clean death. After they ferret out the culprit, Miles wonders if the man will commit suicide now that he's been caught, and asks Illyan if he would want to [[LeaveBehindAPistol allow that]].
--> '''Illyan''': --->'''Illyan:''' Dying's easy. Living's hard. Let the son of a bitch stand his court-martial. Every last eternal minute of it.
14th Aug '16 2:24:04 PM ShorinBJ
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** Averted however in the case of [[spoiler:Daud, where sparing him is considered either a legitimate act of mercy (if you beat him in a fight) or simply sending him a message (if you pickpocket his keys from him).]]

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** Averted however in the case of [[spoiler:Daud, where sparing him is considered either a legitimate act of mercy (if you beat him in a fight) or simply sending him a message (if you pickpocket his keys purse from him).]]
1st Aug '16 7:33:54 PM JoieDeCombat
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* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'': Westley threatens Prince Humperdink with a duel ToThePain, which involves leaving the loser alive but "wallowing in freakish misery forever."

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* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'': Westley threatens Prince Humperdink with a duel ToThePain, which involves leaving the loser alive but severely disfigured, "wallowing in freakish misery forever."
1st Aug '16 7:08:45 PM Bdem
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*''Theatre/TheLaramieProject''. Based on the real-life trial following the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, the victim's father says that while their family believes in the death penalty, they ask the jury to instead give the murderers consecutive life sentences to honor their son and show the killers the mercy that they didn't show.
--> "May you have a long life. And may you thank Matthew every day for it."
22nd Jul '16 12:22:25 AM Kalmbach
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** Similarly, being declared an outlaw. Make yourself annoying enough to those in power by not following the laws, and rather than seek you out and cast you into a dungeon, the King declares you literally "outside the law"; if you refuse to obey the laws, you also don't receive their protection, and anybody may rob, beat up, and even murder you without any penalty.



* Many, ''many'' examples from warfare. One noteworthy tactic is wounding enemy soldiers instead of killing them, because wounded soldiers take up more resources.

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* Many, ''many'' examples from warfare. One noteworthy tactic is wounding enemy soldiers instead of killing them, because wounded soldiers take up more resources. For instance, small land mines (nicknamed "Toe-poppers") used in [[VietnamWar Vietnam]] against American soldiers, would horribly wound but not kill, forcing the entire squad to withdraw and call for medivac, rather than mark the location of a corpse to be picked up later, and continue with the mission.
11th Jul '16 8:38:37 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'', Evil-Lyn, Whiplash, and Beastman set up a trap when Skeletor is out on an errand. Said trap involves using a shrink ray on He-Man's allies and holding them captive in a small cage. Eventually, after the hero restores them to proper size, Whiplash and Beastman (along with Skeletor's steed, Panthor) get a taste of their own medicine and fall victim to the shrink ray. Evil-Lyn assumes he's going to use it on her and pleads with him not to. He does not. He ''smashes'' the weapon, thereby leaving her to explain to Skeletor what happened to it and the other henchmen. (Skeletor's reputation as a BadBoss is well known.)
11th Jul '16 6:27:48 AM snichols1973
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-->'''Lattimer'''(in the present time): No, no, I-I-I can't leave her!

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-->'''Lattimer'''(in -->'''Lattimer''' (in the present time): [[GoingDownWithTheShip No, no, I-I-I can't leave her! her!]]
10th Jul '16 11:43:25 AM snichols1973
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** Soon afterwards while the Monatana's wreckage is sinking:

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** Soon afterwards while the Monatana's wreckage is sinking:afterwards:



that with Lattimer bitterly lamenting that drowning would have been more preferable than the fate that awaits him since being eternally separated from his ship is a personal FateWorseThanDeath.

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that -->[[FadeOut The Montana sinks with Lattimer bitterly lamenting that drowning would have been more preferable than the fate that awaits him since being eternally separated from his ship is an explosion cloud resembling a personal FateWorseThanDeath.cobra's lower fangs]].
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