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14th May '16 3:30:49 PM zarpaulus
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* Witches in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series know exactly when they're going to die, so some of them will dig their own graves and lie down in them when the time comes, to make everything nice and tidy. Wizards also know when they're going to die, but they tend to use that knowledge to take out large loans, empty their wine cellars and have death parties.
* Subverted in [[Literature/ArtemisFowl The Eternity Code]]; Mulch is forced to 'dig his own grave' with the eventual fate of being BuriedAlive but he's a dwarf, with natural tunnelling abilities, so the only problem he has with the situation is that maintaining [[TheMasquerade his disguise]] as a short human requires him to use a spade.
* In ''Pale Horse Coming'' by Stephen Hunter, corrupt cops arrest the protagonist, and one orders him to dig his own grave. However, the police chief, recognizing the protagonist's BadAss potential, says it's a stupid idea and has him thrown in jail instead.
* Subverted in ''Literature/AFeastForCrows''. [[ActionGirl Brienne of Tarth]] captures insane outlaw Shagwell and forces him to dig a grave with his bare hands; not for himself but for her companion Dick Crabb, whom Shagwell just killed.
* The mammoth mobster Vassily "The Whale" Zhukovsky forces our hero to do this in the comic neo-noir ''Literature/GetBlank''. He wants revenge for a... [[AlienAbduction probing]].
* The title army in ''Literature/AnArmyOfTheDead'' digs their own graves as well as their enemies. [[RevenantZombie After they die, at that.]]
* ''The Bloody Road to Death'' by Creator/SvenHassel. The German army makes several guerrillas captured in the Balkans do this before being shot. They wipe off the spades before handing them back to their executioners, because as peasants they know the value of a good spade.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Witches in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series know exactly when they're going to die, so some of them will dig their own graves and lie down in them when the time comes, to make everything nice and tidy. Wizards also know when they're going to die, but they tend to use that knowledge to take out large loans, empty their wine cellars and have death parties.
* Subverted in [[Literature/ArtemisFowl The Eternity Code]]; Mulch is forced to 'dig his own grave' with the eventual fate of being BuriedAlive but he's a dwarf, with natural tunnelling abilities, so the only problem he has with the situation is that maintaining [[TheMasquerade his disguise]] as a short human requires him to use a spade.
* In ''Pale Horse Coming'' by Stephen Hunter, corrupt cops arrest the protagonist, and one orders him to dig his own grave. However, the police chief, recognizing the protagonist's BadAss potential, says it's a stupid idea and has him thrown in jail instead.
* Subverted in ''Literature/AFeastForCrows''. [[ActionGirl Brienne of Tarth]] captures insane outlaw Shagwell and forces him to dig a grave with his bare hands; not for himself but for her companion Dick Crabb, whom Shagwell just killed.
* The mammoth mobster Vassily "The Whale" Zhukovsky forces our hero to do this in the comic neo-noir ''Literature/GetBlank''. He wants revenge for a... [[AlienAbduction probing]].
* The title army in ''Literature/AnArmyOfTheDead'' digs their own graves as well as their enemies. [[RevenantZombie After they die, at that.]]
* ''The Bloody Road to Death'' by Creator/SvenHassel. The German army makes several guerrillas captured in the Balkans do this before being shot. They wipe off the spades before handing them back to their executioners, because as peasants they know the value of a good spade.
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1st Jan '16 5:53:20 PM Rodrigokun
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* The cover of ''World's Finest Comics'' #195 (pictured above) had Batman and Superman forcing Robin and Jimmy Olson to dig their own graves. (Superman, [[SuperDickery being a dick]], forces them to dig the graves when it would take him less than a second and no effort at all for him to dig them.)

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* The cover of ''World's Finest Comics'' #195 (pictured above) had Batman and Superman forcing Robin and Jimmy Olson Olsen to dig their own graves. (Superman, [[SuperDickery being a dick]], forces them to dig the graves when it would take him less than a second and no effort at all for him to dig them.)
27th Dec '15 1:07:35 PM WillKeaton
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* The Soviets did this to the Polish officer corps in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUhBB3FgslI Katyn]]''.

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* The Soviets did this to the Polish officer corps in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUhBB3FgslI Katyn]]''.Katyn.]]''
13th Dec '15 3:25:31 PM Doug86
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* The cover of World's Finest #195 (pictured above) had Batman and Superman forcing Robin and Jimmy Olson to dig their own graves. (Superman, [[SuperDickery being a dick]], forces them to dig the graves when it would take him less than a second and no effort at all for him to dig them.)

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* The cover of World's ''World's Finest Comics'' #195 (pictured above) had Batman and Superman forcing Robin and Jimmy Olson to dig their own graves. (Superman, [[SuperDickery being a dick]], forces them to dig the graves when it would take him less than a second and no effort at all for him to dig them.)



* Happens to all the (former) deputies at the hands of the wanted mass murderer, [[spoiler:former District Attorney Mike Powers]], in ''{{Reno911}}!''. They try to make the best of it, although it takes a really long time (Junior suggests they go back into town and rent a backhoe).
* The Nazi prisoner who uses the opportunity to try to endear himself to his captives in ''SavingPrivateRyan''.
* Happens in ''OBrotherWhereArtThou''. Digging a grave by hand does take a lot of time, a lot of things can happen.

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* Happens to all the (former) deputies at the hands of the wanted mass murderer, [[spoiler:former District Attorney Mike Powers]], in ''{{Reno911}}!''.''Series/{{Reno 911}}''. They try to make the best of it, although it takes a really long time (Junior suggests they go back into town and rent a backhoe).
* The Nazi prisoner who uses the opportunity to try to endear himself to his captives in ''SavingPrivateRyan''.
''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''.
* Happens in ''OBrotherWhereArtThou''.''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou''. Digging a grave by hand does take a lot of time, a lot of things can happen.
20th Jun '15 6:25:20 AM GulomiJomesh
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* The Nazis did this to their victims during the Holocaust.

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* The Nazis did this to some of their victims during the Holocaust.
29th May '15 9:37:57 AM Odon
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* In one of the Creator/SvenHassel novel the German army makes several guerrillas captured in the Balkans do this before being shot. They wipe off the spades before handing them back to their executioners, because as peasants they know the value of a good spade.

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* In one of the Creator/SvenHassel novel the ''The Bloody Road to Death'' by Creator/SvenHassel. The German army makes several guerrillas captured in the Balkans do this before being shot. They wipe off the spades before handing them back to their executioners, because as peasants they know the value of a good spade.
29th May '15 9:35:20 AM Odon
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* In one of the Creator/SvenHassel novel the German army makes several guerrillas captured in the Balkans do this before being shot. They wipe off the spades before handing them back to their executioners, because as peasants they know the value of a good spade.
29th Mar '15 6:01:20 PM nombretomado
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* In one episode of ''TheSimpsons'', Comic Book Guy and Skinner are ordered to dig their own graves by Burns. Comic Book Guy prays to Superman for help digging his hole.
* Near the end of ''TheFairlyOddparents'' special ''ChannelChasers'', when Timmy is digging a hole to put a time capsule, Cosmo asks him if [[BabysitterFromHell Vicky]] is making him dig his own grave again.

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* In one episode of ''TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Comic Book Guy and Skinner are ordered to dig their own graves by Burns. Comic Book Guy prays to Superman for help digging his hole.
* Near the end of ''TheFairlyOddparents'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' special ''ChannelChasers'', when Timmy is digging a hole to put a time capsule, Cosmo asks him if [[BabysitterFromHell Vicky]] is making him dig his own grave again.
27th Mar '15 10:03:32 AM Kimarous
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* Agent 47 does this to Lenny in ''VideoGame/Hitman Absolution'', complete with the victim's frantic begging (not to mention wetting his pants) while 47 calmly eats an apple a few feet away.

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* Agent 47 does this to Lenny in ''VideoGame/Hitman Absolution'', ''VideoGame/HitmanAbsolution'', complete with the victim's frantic begging (not to mention wetting his pants) while 47 calmly eats an apple a few feet away.



* ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'' has Vasquez do this to Rhys and Vaughn in Episode 2, though it doesn't get far before they escape.



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27th Feb '15 11:25:08 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''DungeonsAndDragons'' once had a cursed magic item that did this. When the Shovel of Internment was used it dug a hole, forced the user to jump into the hole and paralyzed him, then filled up the hole, burying the victim.

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* ''DungeonsAndDragons'' ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' once had a cursed magic item that did this. When the Shovel of Internment was used it dug a hole, forced the user to jump into the hole and paralyzed him, then filled up the hole, burying the victim.



* Max is forced to do this by a vengeful mobster in ''{{Max Payne 3}}''. He gets out of it with a ShovelStrike, before snatching one of their guns.

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* Max is forced to do this by a vengeful mobster in ''{{Max ''VideoGame/{{Max Payne 3}}''. He gets out of it with a ShovelStrike, before snatching one of their guns.
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