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18th Feb '17 10:42:09 AM Omeganian
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* In Creator/RandallGarrett's story "The Highest Treason", a PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad society is about to lose a war against aliens, since they cannot promote people according to ability or even conceive the notion. One person, in desperation, pulls off a ZeroApprovalGambit by defecting to the aliens, helping them win some major battles... and then ordering to massacre the population of an entire planet. His logic is that humanity won't be able to insist everyone is equal when there is a person so obviously much worse than others. It works; within a year, the aliens are on the run.
22nd Jan '17 6:25:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:[[GambitPileup Linda, brainwashed by the government, actually the Britjas under a false flag]]]], all from ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'', killed all the so-called "Martians" in TheSeventies. "So-called" because [[spoiler:Mars was just an outpost of an intergalactic empire]]. Of {{Cthulhu|Mythos}}-like creatures who'd been leaving around all that [[MagicFromTechnology sufficiently advanced]] ImportedAlienPhlebotinum that drove half the comic's plots. This goes about as well as you'd expect.

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* [[spoiler:[[GambitPileup Linda, brainwashed by the government, actually the Britjas under a false flag]]]], all from ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'', killed all the so-called "Martians" in TheSeventies. "So-called" because [[spoiler:Mars was just an outpost of an intergalactic empire]]. Of {{Cthulhu|Mythos}}-like Franchise/{{Cthulhu|Mythos}}-like creatures who'd been leaving around all that [[MagicFromTechnology sufficiently advanced]] ImportedAlienPhlebotinum that drove half the comic's plots. This goes about as well as you'd expect.
13th Jan '17 7:36:25 AM JJHIL325
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* Occurs in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', overlapping with NiceJobBreakingItHerod; [[BigBad Lord Shen]] is told a prophecy that he will be defeated by a "warrior of black and white", and decides that the correct way to respond to this is to commit panda genocide. Of course, Shen is later defeated by [[TheHero Po]] and his village is avenged. It's played with in a later act when Shen first meets Po, and is a little surprised to find that said panda has no idea what he'd done. Further played with at the very end where [[spoiler:the audience learns that the village re-settled elsewhere, so it didn't just backfire -- it straight-up ''failed''. Nonetheless, Shen's actions were what facilitated his defeat, as it would eventually cause the baby Po to end up in the Valley of Peace, which would allow him to get the training he would need to defeat Shen.]]

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* Occurs in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', overlapping with NiceJobBreakingItHerod; [[BigBad Lord Shen]] is told a prophecy that he will be defeated by a "warrior of black and white", and decides that the correct way to respond to this is to commit panda genocide. Of course, Shen is later defeated by [[TheHero Po]] and his village is avenged. It's played with in a later act when Shen first meets Po, and is a little surprised to find that said panda has no idea what he'd done.done due to him being a baby when it happened. Further played with at the very end where [[spoiler:the audience learns that the village re-settled elsewhere, so it didn't just backfire -- it straight-up ''failed''. Nonetheless, Shen's actions were what facilitated his defeat, as it would eventually cause the baby Po to end up in the Valley of Peace, which would allow him to get the training he would need to defeat Shen.]]
11th Jan '17 7:55:02 AM hszmv1
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** The ExpandedUniverse shows that the Alderaan Surviviors (those off world when the Death Star came by) almost universally enlisted in the Rebellion after that point. Many other systems began to more openly rebel after the fate of Alderaan came to light. Considering the Emperor wanted to use it to enforce policy on rebellious worlds, the ship was an abysmal failure.
8th Jan '17 9:15:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the comic version of ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'', the BigBad Mister Rictus ''deliberately'' invokes this trope, though on a much smaller scale. After murdering an entire family, he leaves a single child alive, banking on the chance that he will grow up to try and take revenge on him. Yes, Mister Rictus really is ''that'' bored and crazy.

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* In the comic version of ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'', the BigBad Mister Rictus ''deliberately'' invokes this trope, though on a much smaller scale. After murdering an entire family, he leaves a single child alive, banking on the chance that [[CreateYourOwnHero he will grow up to try and take revenge on him.him]]. Yes, Mister Rictus really is ''that'' bored and crazy.
8th Jan '17 8:51:11 AM Morgenthaler
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SisterTrope to NiceJobBreakingItHerod. A type of VillainBall, and subtrope of LaserGuidedKarma.

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SisterTrope to NiceJobBreakingItHerod. NiceJobBreakingItHerod, with which it can overlap. The primary difference is that this trope only requires the villain to wipe out a group of people to achieve some goal, with the survivors subsequently trying to get revenge on him. The Herod approach requires foreknowledge on the villain's part (whether through prophecy or time travel) that someone will one day oppose them and they try to circumvent it by killing the hero before he can grow up.

A type of VillainBall, and subtrope of LaserGuidedKarma.
31st Dec '16 1:04:03 PM StarSword
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->'''Son Goku:''' You're a heartless monster who slaughters everyone in his way - even children!
->'''Freeza:''' Oh, please. Everyone's always on about the children. I already ''tried'' leaving them alive, but all they do is grow up under my rule or dedicate their pathetic lives to revenge. Usually both.

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->'''Son Goku:''' You're a heartless monster who slaughters everyone in his way - even children!
->'''Freeza:'''
children!\\
'''Freeza:'''
Oh, please. Everyone's always on about the children. I already ''tried'' leaving them alive, but all they do is grow up under my rule or dedicate their pathetic lives to revenge. Usually both.



-->'''Leia:''' The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.



* In ''Film/StargateContinuum'', Baal is smart enough to know that trying to exterminate the Tau'ri will only cause eternal resentment among the survivors who will try and take revenge. Instead, he tries to woo humanity to his side peacefully with the intention of turning them into the next generation of Jaffa. Unfortunately for him, his wife didn't quite see it that way, and decided to do a bombardment of the planet after murdering him.
** In a [[Series/StargateSG1 first season episode]] where Daniel lands in an alternate grimmer dimension where the Goa'uld have invaded Earth, an cold-hearted O'Neill sends a nuke to the Jaffa homeworld upon learning the location from Daniel who wanted. This bites him in the ass when he pleas Teal'c to think of his son, who has been killed by the attack.

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* ''Franchise/StargateVerse'':
** In ''Series/StargateSG1'' where Daniel lands in an alternate grimmer dimension where the Goa'uld have invaded Earth, an cold-hearted O'Neill sends a nuke to the Jaffa homeworld upon learning the location from Daniel who wanted. This bites him in the ass when he pleas Teal'c to think of his son, who had been killed by the nuclear strike.
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In ''Film/StargateContinuum'', Baal is smart enough to know that trying to exterminate the Tau'ri will only cause eternal resentment among the survivors who will try and take revenge. Instead, he tries to woo humanity to his side peacefully with the intention of turning them into the next generation of Jaffa. Unfortunately for him, his wife didn't quite see it that way, and decided to do a bombardment of the planet after murdering him.
** In a [[Series/StargateSG1 first season episode]] where Daniel lands in an alternate grimmer dimension where the Goa'uld have invaded Earth, an cold-hearted O'Neill sends a nuke to the Jaffa homeworld upon learning the location from Daniel who wanted. This bites him in the ass when he pleas Teal'c to think of his son, who has been killed by the attack.
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* In ''Series/BarbariansRising'', [[FromNobodyToNightmare Viriathus is a mere shepherd]] who escapes a Roman punitive slaughter of Lusitanian tribesmen and morphs into a reluctant RebelLeader.
13th Dec '16 4:30:44 PM MonsieurThenardier
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* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' backstory the Quarian race launched an attempted genocide of the newly-sentient Geth machine race in fear of the Geth [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters turning on them]]. The Geth [[RobotWar fought back]], and the few surviving Quarians ended up driven from their homeworld. To add insult to injury they only survived at all because the Geth actually ''didn't'' want to fight them and let them go; the Geth (except for a RenegadeSplinterFaction that works as mooks for a third party) then proceeded to mind their own business for centuries until the Quarians attacked and tried to wipe them out ''again'', which unless the player chooses to intervene on their behalf leads to the entire race beating themselves to death against the Geth defenses.

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* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' backstory the Quarian race quarian government launched an attempted genocide of the newly-sentient Geth geth machine race in fear of the Geth geth [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters turning on them]]. The Geth geth [[RobotWar fought back]], [[http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Geth_War#The_War committed their own genocide]] that eradicated 99.9% of the quarian population, and the few surviving Quarians quarians ended up driven from their homeworld. To add insult to injury they only survived at all because the Geth actually ''didn't'' want geth, being unable to fight them and fully comprehend the ramifications of wiping out the last 0.1%, let them go; go (at least, if you believe what the Geth geth tell you).
** This trope shows up again ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', potentially taken either way. The geth
(except for a RenegadeSplinterFaction that works as mooks for a third party) then party, who tried to commit genocide on ''all'' other life) after the war proceeded to mind their own business occupy the former quarian worlds for centuries and kill anyone who came near, not overtly bothering the outside world but essentially dooming the few remnants of the quarian species to slow [[DyingRace extinction]] due to their biological dependence on said worlds,[[note]]Mass Effect: Ascension mentions that the quarian species would be likely to survive another century without a free and empty planet to settle on, which they haven't been able to find outside of the geth systems[[/note]] which the geth openly admit they don't need. That is until the Quarians attacked quarians (the descendants of the population eradicated by the geth hundreds of years ago), having developed a new anti-geth weapon, attack and tried try to wipe them out ''again'', which unless the player chooses in an attempt to intervene on regain their behalf leads to lost territory. Depending on the entire race beating themselves to death against player's choices, either the Geth defenses.few surviving quarians can eradicate the same machines that reduced their species from a population of billions to millions to begin with, the geth can wipe out the last descendants of their creators as they are in the process of trying to eradicate them, or [[TakeAThirdOption clever manipulation of demographics and politics]] on the player's part can end up in both sides agreeing to a peace.[[note]]Specifically, Shepard wipes out the portions of the geth population most opposed to peace (the remnants of the aforementioned splinter faction), rescues and earns the loyalty of the influential geth platform Legion, and helps install/save two pro-peace quarians as two of the five leaders of their species.[[/note]]
10th Dec '16 1:59:17 AM Monsund
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* Pretty much what sets off the events of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. Prior to the beginning of the story, the exalt of Ylisse (father to WarriorPrince Chrom) launched a genocidal campaign against the Plegians, their neighbors. [[spoiler:(It's heavily implied that he wanted to eradicate the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Grimleal]], a religious faction from Plegia whose ultimate goal is to resurrect their [[OmnicidalManiac omnicidal god]], the Fell Dragon Grima.)]] The ensuing war left both countries in shambles. It later comes back to bite his kids in the ass when [[spoiler:Plegia's new ruler, the [[TheCaligula Mad King]] Gangrel, goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge that results in another devastating war, the death of the new exalt, and inadvertently leads to a [[MurderArsonAndJaywalking post-apocalyptic future]] where Grima has returned to the world.]]
12th Nov '16 11:14:18 PM KeithM
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** In the main storyline itself, although the Reapers make a very effective attempt to erase all traces of themselves and information necessary to beat them before heading out to await the next cycle, it doesn't always work. In the previous cycle [[spoiler: they were unaware of Ilos and the last Protheans sabotaged the Citadel's Keepers, preventing Harbinger from being able to remotely activate the mass relay for the invasion. And one Prothean survived in stasis, and became part of the crew that eventually ended the Reapers after an estimated ''20,000'' cycles of extermination.

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** In the main storyline itself, although the Reapers make a very effective attempt to erase all traces of themselves and information necessary to beat them before heading out to await the next cycle, it doesn't always work. In the previous cycle [[spoiler: they were unaware of Ilos and the last Protheans sabotaged the Citadel's Keepers, preventing Harbinger from being able to remotely activate the mass relay for the invasion. And one Prothean survived in stasis, and became part of the crew that eventually ended the Reapers after an estimated ''20,000'' cycles of extermination.]]
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