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7th Aug '16 10:55:46 AM nombretomado
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* Although victim to the usual power fluctuation of comic book universes, TheDCU's {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} never attempts to kill Comicbook/{{Superman}} by using his consistently effective vaporizing Omega Beam. Rather, he prefers to inflict pain by slow and agonizing methods, from which Superman inevitably breaks free.

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* Although victim to the usual power fluctuation of comic book universes, TheDCU's Franchise/TheDCU's {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} never attempts to kill Comicbook/{{Superman}} by using his consistently effective vaporizing Omega Beam. Rather, he prefers to inflict pain by slow and agonizing methods, from which Superman inevitably breaks free.
17th Jul '16 2:32:12 AM Morgenthaler
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However, the villains typically make the mistake of [[VillainBall not closely observing the heroes]] and they figure out a way to escape just in time -- a form of GenreBlindness to which [[BondVillainStupidity supergenius supervillains are uniquely prone]]. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Not that I'd do that; I'd much rather stick around to watch the show.]]

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However, the villains typically make the mistake of [[VillainBall not closely observing the heroes]] and they figure out a way to escape just in time -- a form of GenreBlindness to which [[BondVillainStupidity supergenius supervillains are uniquely prone]]. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Not that I'd do that; I'd much rather stick around to watch the show.]]
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6th Jul '16 2:28:42 PM mariic
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'''Valentine:''' [[spoiler:Well, this ain't that kind of movie. *''Shoots Harry in the head''*]]

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'''Valentine:''' [[spoiler:Well, [[spoiler:[[ThisIsNotThatTrope Well, this ain't that kind of movie. movie.]] *''Shoots Harry in the head''*]]
5th Jul '16 9:34:05 AM Willbyr
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24th Jun '16 5:10:50 PM nombretomado
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* {{Lampshaded}} on ''TinyToonAdventures'': When Dr. Gene Splicer leaves the room where he has left the heroes in his Death Trap, he [[NoFourthWall asks the viewers]] if they've ever noticed this trope.

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* {{Lampshaded}} on ''TinyToonAdventures'': ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': When Dr. Gene Splicer leaves the room where he has left the heroes in his Death Trap, he [[NoFourthWall asks the viewers]] if they've ever noticed this trope.
8th Jun '16 6:34:13 PM eroock
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* In [[http://www.goats.com/archive/050412.html this webcomic]], [[StupidJetpackHitler Space Hitler]] [[spoiler:''actually'' pulls one of these off.]] [[GenreSavvy Much to his own surprise.]]

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* In [[http://www.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20080613175155/http://www.goats.com/archive/050412.html this webcomic]], [[StupidJetpackHitler Space Hitler]] [[spoiler:''actually'' pulls one of these off.]] [[GenreSavvy Much to his own surprise.]]
1st Jun '16 2:41:59 AM foxley
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* PendulumOfDeath
29th May '16 12:48:02 AM Doug86
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* Lampshaded and played straight simultaneously in the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'s first confrontation with Doctor Doom: He captures them, places them in situations which could kill them, then explains to his temporary ally Arcade that he doesn't care if they escape or not. If they don't, he's rid of them; if they do, he gains valuable information concerning their skills and powers. [[XanatosGambit Either way, he benefits]].

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* Lampshaded and played straight simultaneously in the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'s ComicBook/XMen's first confrontation with Doctor Doom: He captures them, places them in situations which could kill them, then explains to his temporary ally Arcade that he doesn't care if they escape or not. If they don't, he's rid of them; if they do, he gains valuable information concerning their skills and powers. [[XanatosGambit Either way, he benefits]].
16th May '16 12:22:20 PM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/TheScarletCitadel", Tsotha captures Conan only to get him to AbdicateTheThrone; when that fails, he chains him where a giant snake will get him. Unfortunately, a {{Revenge}} seeking man intervenes.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/TheScarletCitadel", Tsotha captures Conan only to get him to AbdicateTheThrone; when that fails, he chains him where a giant snake will get him. Unfortunately, a {{Revenge}} seeking man intervenes.
16th May '16 8:19:59 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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One variant on the trope is it being used as an [[ATorturedIndex interrogation method]].
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