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3rd Feb '16 9:03:45 AM FF32
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* There's a ''ComicStrip/FarSide'' cartoon with a rat in a prison cell telling his cellmate "I ''would'' have gotten away scot free if I'd gotten rid of the evidence... But shoot, I'm a packrat".
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* There's a ''ComicStrip/FarSide'' ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' cartoon with a rat in a prison cell telling his cellmate "I ''would'' have gotten away scot free if I'd gotten rid of the evidence... But shoot, I'm a packrat".
4th Dec '15 10:33:48 AM JBK405
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* The ''ComicBook/SinCity'' story ''The Big Fat Kill'' involves destroying a [[ItMakesSenseInContext decapited head]] in order to avoid a MobWar between the mafia and cops with the local prostitutes caught in the middle. The ending goes one step further by [[spoiler:killing every possible witness to the murder of said head's owner]].
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* The ''ComicBook/SinCity'' story ''The Big Fat Kill'' involves destroying revolves around the importance of getting rid of the body of "Iron Jack" Rafferty, a [[ItMakesSenseInContext decapited head]] "hero cop" that the prostitutes of Old Town kill after he gets violent with one of their number. If it is ever discovered that they killed him, the truce between Old Town and the police will end and a violent war will erupt, so they try to dispose of him and his friends by sinking the body into the local tar pits. The situation is complicated by Mob Boss Wallenquist, who is trying to get possession of Jack's body in order to avoid a MobWar between make sure that the mafia war ''does'' erupt, since if Old Town is weakened by the police he will be able to move in afterwards and cops take control of the women therein. [[spoiler: Ultimately, ''most'' of Jack disappears into the pits, and the rest of him is destroyed when his corpse's head is stuffed with the local prostitutes caught in the middle. The ending goes one step further by [[spoiler:killing every possible witness to the murder of said head's owner]].explosives.]]
23rd Oct '15 10:05:49 PM Blazer
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]] * In ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', Mihoshi's superior destroys Mihoshi's ''incredibly detailed'' report on dealing with Kagato because of the information there, most importantly that not only is the long lost Prince Yosho on Earth, he has a grandson named Tenchi and that a number of other powerful people are on Earth connected in some way to Yosho with a ''lot'' of overlap. He lets the royal family of Jurai know, but there's no way he's letting the rest of the universe know the information. [[/folder]]
1st Sep '15 12:57:41 PM Blazer
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* There's one dashcam footage where police arrest a man for possession of drugs. They place the man and the small baggie of drugs near each other on the trunk and, with no one looking, the man reaches over, grabs it with his teeth and ''swallows'' it. It takes police a few moments to realize what the guy had done...
2nd Aug '15 12:50:30 AM azul120
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16th Jun '15 5:58:34 AM jeez
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Okay, this trope is being unnecessarily restrictive in its definition - I have almost never seen this trope being played straight by a ''good'' guy. This trope is also a staple of the corrupt and powerful characters, ridding themselves of evidence that they themselves managed to get in the possession of.
Our hero, or another good character, has come into possession of some evidence relating to a crime. However, instead of turning this evidence over to the proper authorities, the hero destroys (or withholds/hides) the evidence.
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Our hero, or another good character, Bob has come into possession of some evidence relating to a crime. However, instead of turning this evidence over to the proper authorities, the hero he destroys (or withholds/hides) the evidence.

* The evidence could incriminate someone else who the hero likes and doesn't want to see punished. * The evidence, if made public, will ruin the victim's life (or the life of someone involved in the crime). * The hero is being blackmailed by the BigBad or an associate. * The hero would be incriminated by the evidence.
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* The evidence could incriminate someone else who the hero Bob likes and doesn't want to see punished. * The evidence, if made public, will ruin the victim's life (or the life of someone who's otherwise involved in the crime). crime, like a victim or a witness. * The hero Bob is being blackmailed by the BigBad or an associate. * The hero Bob himself would be incriminated by the evidence.

* The evidence, if involving a dead person, might [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead cast a bad light on their memory]] -- and the hero was a good friend/relative/lover of the dead person.
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* The evidence, if involving a dead person, might [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead cast a bad light on their memory]] -- and the hero Bob was a good friend/relative/lover of the dead person.

* The hero wants to [[VigilanteMan punish the bad guy himself]].
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* The hero Bob wants to [[VigilanteMan punish the bad guy himself]].

* The evidence would reveal [[DirtyBusiness an ugly truth]] about a past event that the public perceives as a good thing, and the hero wants the event to stay a good thing. * The criminal committed the crime for a [[IDidWhatIHadToDo good]] [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight reason]], and in retrospect the hero agrees that the act was justified. * The crime involved the murder of someone who was [[AssholeVictim a truly terrible person]], and the hero doesn't want the evidence revealed, since it would result in someone going to prison for something he doesn't think of as a crime. * The hero is currently [[{{Frameup}} on the run]] or at least [[HeroWithBadPublicity not on good terms with the local authorities]], so he can't give the evidence to them without being captured/killed/arrested. * The hero is actually [[TheReveal the villain]]. * The hero believes that the criminal is genuinely repentant and [[GoAndSinNoMore need not be punished further]]. Whatever good intentions the hero may have had, destroying the evidence will probably have bad results -- a villain could walk free, for instance. May result in a WhatTheHellHero.
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* The evidence would reveal [[DirtyBusiness an ugly truth]] about a past event that the public perceives as a good thing, and the hero Bob wants the event to stay ''stay'' a good thing. * The criminal committed the crime for a [[IDidWhatIHadToDo good]] [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight reason]], and in retrospect the hero Bob agrees that the act was justified. * The crime involved the murder of someone who was [[AssholeVictim a truly terrible person]], and the hero Bob doesn't want the evidence revealed, since it would result in someone going to prison for something he doesn't think of as a crime. * The hero Bob is currently [[{{Frameup}} on the run]] or at least [[HeroWithBadPublicity not on good terms with the local authorities]], so he can't give the evidence to them without being captured/killed/arrested. * The hero Bob is actually [[TheReveal the villain]]. * The hero Bob believes that the criminal is genuinely repentant and [[GoAndSinNoMore need not be punished further]]. Whatever good intentions the hero Bob may have had, destroying the evidence will probably have bad results -- a villain could walk free, for instance. instance, or a good guy might be implicated. May result in a WhatTheHellHero. WhatTheHellHero, given Bob is the hero.
9th May '15 9:49:03 AM rjd1922
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** Late in Case 1-4, [[spoiler:Manfred von Karma]] destroys most of the critical evidence you have, but fails to get [[spoiler:the bullet from the DL-6 Incident]], which leads to his undoing. He even says that his accomplice, [[spoiler:Yanni Yogi]], should have burned the letter he received.

** Late in Case 1-4, [[spoiler:Manfred Von Karma]] destroys most of the critical evidence you have, but fails to get [[spoiler:the bullet from the DL-6 Incident]], which leads to his undoing. He even says that his accomplice, [[spoiler:Yanni Yogi]], should have burned the letter he received.
16th Mar '15 12:36:24 PM MarkLungo
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/City_Hunter_Evidence_Disposal_6043.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:350:[[TheCityHunter Here's how to dispose most incriminating evidence. By burning.]]]]
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.[[quoteright:350:[[Series/TheCityHunter http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/City_Hunter_Evidence_Disposal_6043.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:350:[[TheCityHunter Here's jpg]]]] [[caption-width-right:350:Here's how to dispose most incriminating evidence. By burning.]]]] ]]
10th Jan '15 7:18:38 AM jeez
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* In war or during public turmoil, it is standard procedure for militaries and governments to burn their own sensitive documents just before they can fall into enemy hands. RealLife examples include [[''Film/{{Argo}}'' Iran's US embassy workers shredding intelligence material immediately before they were overrun by the angry mob in 1980]], or the Wehrmacht burning orders and records whenever they were forced to retreat in the later stages of WW2.
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* In war or during public turmoil, it is standard procedure for militaries and governments to burn their own sensitive documents just before they can fall into enemy hands. RealLife examples include [[''Film/{{Argo}}'' [[Film/{{Argo}} Iran's US embassy workers shredding intelligence material immediately before they were overrun by the angry mob in 1980]], or the Wehrmacht burning orders and records whenever they were forced to retreat in the later stages of WW2.
10th Jan '15 7:18:03 AM jeez
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[[folder:Real Life]] * In war or during public turmoil, it is standard procedure for militaries and governments to burn their own sensitive documents just before they can fall into enemy hands. RealLife examples include [[''Film/{{Argo}}'' Iran's US embassy workers shredding intelligence material immediately before they were overrun by the angry mob in 1980]], or the Wehrmacht burning orders and records whenever they were forced to retreat in the later stages of WW2. [[/folder]]
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