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15th Sep '17 7:00:02 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/{{Purgatori}}'': After Lucifer takes away her powers and sends her to Earth to suffer never-ending hunger, Purgatori repays him by leaving Lucifer to fend for himself in the pit of hell after he just lost most of his own power due to Cremator's demon-destroying blade.
13th Sep '17 1:29:58 PM nighttrainfm
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* Creator/TerryPratchett in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters''. Granny Weatherwax does, in fact, attempt cruel mercy by showing the villain her True Self. Subverted because it doesn't work: Lady Felmet is proud of her strength and cruelty. While she's busy boasting about it, [[TalkToTheFist Nanny Ogg clubs her with a cauldron.]]
** Featured a lot in the Literature/{{Discworld}} witch books, actually. In ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', Lady Lilith locking the witches in a dungeon instead of having them executed is described as this.

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* Creator/TerryPratchett in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters''. ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'',
Granny Weatherwax does, in fact, attempt cruel mercy attempts this by showing the villain her True Self. Subverted because it doesn't work: Lady Felmet is proud of her strength and cruelty. While she's busy boasting about it, [[TalkToTheFist Nanny Ogg clubs her with a cauldron.]]
** Featured a lot in the Literature/{{Discworld}} witch books, actually. In ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', Lady Lilith locking the witches in a dungeon instead of having them executed is described as this.



*** The whole philosophy runs like this: if you kill your foe, your foe is dead and that's that. If you ''beat'' your foe, but let them live, then your foe is beat and knows they've been beat, and they'll know it for the rest of their life, and there's no point in beating a foe if they won't be around to know they've been beat afterward.

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*** The whole ** Witch philosophy as a whole runs like this: if you kill your foe, your foe is dead and that's that. If you ''beat'' your foe, but let them live, then your foe is beat and knows they've been beat, and they'll know it for the rest of their life, and there's no point in beating a foe if they won't be around to know they've been beat afterward.
9th Sep '17 10:32:45 AM Psyclone
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** Wolverine isn't a stranger to this sort of treatment himself: during Creator/ChrisClaremont's run, his ArchEnemy Sabertooth had his "yearly tradition": every year, on the day that Wolverine believed to be his birthday, Sabertooth would track Wolverine down, regardless of where he was or what he was doing, beat him to within an inch of his life... and then walk away, just so that Wolverine knew that Sabertooth could kill him whenever he wished.

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** Wolverine isn't a stranger to this sort of treatment himself: during Creator/ChrisClaremont's run, his ArchEnemy Sabertooth Sabretooth had his "yearly tradition": every year, on the day that Wolverine believed to be his birthday, Sabertooth Sabretooth would track Wolverine down, regardless of where he was or what he was doing, beat him to within an inch of his life... and then walk away, just so that Wolverine knew that Sabertooth Sabretooth could kill him whenever he wished.
7th Sep '17 12:01:29 AM Linda58
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* ''Series/The100'': When Clarke is given the chance to kill Emerson for [[spoiler:his role in killing 42 Sky People]] but instead she decides to banish him and force him to live with the knowledge that he'll never get revenge for [[spoiler:his son and his people's death]]. This comes back to bite her in the ass when he returns to kill all her friends personally.

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* ''Series/The100'': When Clarke is given the chance to kill Emerson for [[spoiler:his role in killing 42 Sky People]] but instead she decides to banish him and force him to live with the knowledge that he'll never get revenge for [[spoiler:his son and his people's death]]. This comes back to bite her in the ass when he returns to kill all her friends personally. Having learned her lesson, she just kills him.
4th Sep '17 3:26:54 AM JackG
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** In "Orbit", a MadScientist invents a superweapon and wants to [[WeCanRuleTogether join with Servalan to rule the galaxy]]. When the weapon is destroyed, Servalan (who's had no problem killing those who've failed her in the past) decides that leaving him alive will be a better punishment, knowing [[EmperorScientist what he might have been]]. As i turns out, he's killed right after she leaves by an abused underling.

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** In "Orbit", a MadScientist invents a superweapon and wants to [[WeCanRuleTogether join with Servalan to rule the galaxy]]. When the weapon is destroyed, Servalan (who's had no problem killing those who've failed her in the past) decides that leaving him alive will be a better punishment, knowing [[EmperorScientist what he might have been]]. As i it turns out, he's killed right after she leaves by an abused underling.
4th Sep '17 3:26:42 AM JackG
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** In "Orbit", a MadScientist invents a superweapon and wants to [[WeCanRuleTogether join with Servalan to rule the galaxy]]. When the weapon is destroyed, Servalan (who's had no problem killing those who've failed her in the past) decides that leaving him alive will be a better punishment, knowing [[EmperorScientist what he might have been]].

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** In "Orbit", a MadScientist invents a superweapon and wants to [[WeCanRuleTogether join with Servalan to rule the galaxy]]. When the weapon is destroyed, Servalan (who's had no problem killing those who've failed her in the past) decides that leaving him alive will be a better punishment, knowing [[EmperorScientist what he might have been]]. As i turns out, he's killed right after she leaves by an abused underling.
4th Sep '17 3:23:55 AM JackG
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* ''Series/BlakesSeven'': Towards the end of Season 2, Blake calmly refuses to kill his nemesis Travis, now a crippled fugitive. Considering what happens in the season finale, this turns out to be a pretty major head against wall moment, something both Jenna ''and'' Travis point out in the scene itself.

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* ''Series/BlakesSeven'': ''Series/BlakesSeven''
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Towards the end of Season 2, Blake calmly refuses to kill his nemesis Travis, now a crippled fugitive. Considering what happens in the season finale, this turns out to be a pretty major head against wall moment, something both Jenna ''and'' Travis point out in the scene itself.
4th Sep '17 3:22:54 AM JackG
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** In "Orbit", a MadScientist invents a superweapon and wants to [[WeCanRuleTogether join with Servalan to rule the galaxy]]. When the weapon is destroyed, Servalan (who's had no problem killing those who've failed her in the past) decides that leaving him alive will be a better punishment, knowing [[EmperorScientist what he might have been]].
2nd Sep '17 2:57:08 AM AnotherEpicFail
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* The ending to R.S. Belcher's ''Nightwise'' features this in the final showdown between Laytham Ballard and Dusan Slorzack: after a grueling WizardsDuel, Slorzack realizes that with his supply lines shut down, there'll be no more deliveries of food and water to his home in the [[PocketDimension Greenway]]; worse still, thanks to his previous DealWithTheDevil, he can't leave the Greenway to stock up on supplies without Satan claiming his soul, and due to its nature as an impenetrable sanctuary that even the Devil can't touch, Slorzack can't affect the world outside the Greenway. So, caught between dying of starvation and suffering for all eternity in Hell, he decides to let Laytham kill him, even delivering an impressive speech in an attempt to FaceDeathWithDignity... only for Laytham to shoot him in the leg and leave him to it.



** In the Season 4 episode "Mental as Anything" [[spoiler: Macton (the man who killed Dargo's wife) interrupts Dargo's session in a MentalWorld in an attempt to break his mind. Luckliy, Dargo prevails and ends up breaking Macton instead. When asked why he didn't kill Macton, Dargo can only say he wasn't enlightened enough to give the man a MercyKill.]]

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** In the Season 4 episode "Mental as Anything" [[spoiler: Macton (the man who killed Dargo's D'Argo's wife) interrupts Dargo's session in a MentalWorld in an attempt attempts to break D'Argo's mind by trapping him in a mental recreation of his mind. Luckliy, Dargo cell on Moya. Luckily, D'Argo prevails and ends up breaking Macton instead. instead by trapping him in a mental recreation of his worst memory - disfiguring his sister's corpse to make it look like D'Argo killed her. When asked why he didn't kill Macton, Dargo D'Argo can only say he wasn't enlightened enough to give the man a MercyKill.]]
28th Aug '17 10:44:18 AM zealots
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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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* In the 1993 ''ComicBook/XMen'' storyline ''ComicBook/FatalAttractions'', ComicBook/{{Magneto}}'s new MouthOfSauron Exodus explains to Fabian Cortez that the sole reason why he doesn't "hurl you into oblivion like the insignificant flea you are" is because Magneto himself has decreed that Cortez live for the purposes of this trope, knowing that being stripped of his power and authority over the Acolytes -- being reduced to a "victim of someone else's legacy" as Exodus calls it -- is a far more painful punishment for the ambitious Cortez than death alone could ever be.
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