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11th Jun '16 2:15:41 AM SmugTrope
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A villain annihilates an entire people and their culture to achieve some goal, but only has an incomplete success and the resulting incompleteness comes back to bite them in the ass in the form of the one guy or small group of individuals who survived the massacre.

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A villain annihilates an entire people and their culture to achieve some goal, but only has an incomplete success and the resulting incompleteness comes back to bite them in the ass in the form of [[SoleSurvivor the one guy or small group of individuals who survived the massacre.
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11th Jun '16 2:13:19 AM SmugTrope
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A villain annihilates an entire people and their culture to achieve some goal, but only has an incomplete success and the resulting incompleteness comes back to bite them in the ass.

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A villain annihilates an entire people and their culture to achieve some goal, but only has an incomplete success and the resulting incompleteness comes back to bite them in the ass.
ass in the form of the one guy or small group of individuals who survived the massacre.
16th May '16 11:15:06 AM Luigifan
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A villain annihilates an entire people and their culture to achieve some goal but only has an incomplete success and the resulting incompleteness comes back to bite them in the ass.

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A villain annihilates an entire people and their culture to achieve some goal goal, but only has an incomplete success and the resulting incompleteness comes back to bite them in the ass.



** Frieza exterminated the Saiyan race in an attempt to prevent any from potentially becoming the legendary Super Saiyan. He missed four (excluding the ones from the movies which put it at eight or so). Two of them, Raditz and Nappa, worked for Frieza alongside Vegeta, the prince of the Saiyans, but Goku, the fourth, would eventually take Frieza down by becoming the very thing Frieza feared. What's more, after getting turned into a cyborg and coming to Earth to take revenge, both he and his father King Cold are taken down for good by Future Trunks, who turns out to be the son of Vegeta, the other major Saiyan to survive.

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** Frieza exterminated the Saiyan race in an attempt to prevent any from potentially becoming the legendary Super Saiyan. He missed four (excluding the ones from the movies movies, which put it at eight or so). Two of them, Raditz and Nappa, worked for Frieza alongside Vegeta, the prince of the Saiyans, but Goku, the fourth, would eventually take Frieza down by becoming the very thing Frieza feared. What's more, after getting turned into a cyborg and coming to Earth to take revenge, both he and his father King Cold are taken down for good by Future Trunks, who turns out to be the son of Vegeta, the other major Saiyan to survive.



** Frieza's cavalier extermination of the Namekians almost became this when he discovered simply having all seven Dragon Balls wasn't enough to grant his wish. Realising that the Namekians knew something about their use that he didn't, he made a quick but frantic search for any survivors.

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** Frieza's cavalier extermination of the Namekians almost became this when he discovered that simply having all seven Dragon Balls wasn't enough to grant his wish. Realising that the Namekians knew something about their use that he didn't, he made a quick but frantic search for any survivors.



** On top of that, if it weren't for some timely intervention from their leader, Kurapica would've killed 6--half of the entire group by the time he killed the second. That's how big of an enemy they've made.
* Bafflingly {{averted|trope}} twice in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. {{Evil Overlord}}s Orochimaru and Pain cement their statuses as village leaders by rolling in and completely demolishing the leaders, family, and government of their respective countries--implied in Orochimaru's case, outright stated in Pain's. This works out very well for them, mostly because they actually [[MoralEventHorizon succeeded in subverting]] InfantImmortality. Both do end up meeting their ends, but for reasons unrelated to their murderous ascension to power.

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** On top of that, if it weren't for some timely intervention from their leader, Kurapica would've killed 6--half 6 -- half of the entire group by the time he killed the second. That's how big of an enemy they've made.
* Bafflingly {{averted|trope}} twice in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. {{Evil Overlord}}s Orochimaru and Pain cement their statuses as village leaders by rolling in and completely demolishing the leaders, family, and government of their respective countries--implied countries -- implied in Orochimaru's case, outright stated in Pain's. This works out very well for them, mostly because they actually [[MoralEventHorizon succeeded in subverting]] InfantImmortality. Both do end up meeting their ends, but for reasons unrelated to their murderous ascension to power.
1st May '16 10:20:24 PM thatmadork
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', if the player sides with the Railroad, the Brotherhood of Steel's stated goal to eradicate the [[ArtificalHuman Synths]] gets ''them'' eradicated.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', if the player sides with the Railroad, the Brotherhood of Steel's stated goal to eradicate the [[ArtificalHuman [[ArtificialHuman Synths]] gets ''them'' eradicated.
1st May '16 10:19:53 PM thatmadork
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', if the player sides with the Railroad, the Brotherhood of Steel's stated goal to eradicate the [[ArtificalHuman Synths]] gets ''them'' eradicated.
11th Apr '16 11:31:10 AM Piando
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* ''Manga/DragonBallZ'':

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* ''Manga/DragonBallZ'': ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':



* Ublaz Mad Eyes of the ''{{Redwall}}'' series sent a group of corsair minions to destroy Holt Lutra (a community of otters) in order to procure a special set of pearls that he wanted for his crown. Unfortunately for him (and a lot of other people), Grath Longfletch, the leader of the group's daughter, just barely survived, and when she recuperated, dedicated her life to killing every corsair she could find. She is ultimately a key member of the group from Redwall that travels to his island and defeats him. Although she doesn't actually know who ''he'' is, and is not personally responsible for his death -- [[spoiler: Martin has that honor.]]

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* Ublaz Mad Eyes of the ''{{Redwall}}'' ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series sent a group of corsair minions to destroy Holt Lutra (a community of otters) in order to procure a special set of pearls that he wanted for his crown. Unfortunately for him (and a lot of other people), Grath Longfletch, the leader of the group's daughter, just barely survived, and when she recuperated, dedicated her life to killing every corsair she could find. She is ultimately a key member of the group from Redwall that travels to his island and defeats him. Although she doesn't actually know who ''he'' is, and is not personally responsible for his death -- [[spoiler: Martin has that honor.]]



* In R.A. Salvatore's ForgottenRealms novel ''[[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy Homeland]]'', one Dark Elf house in Menzoberranzan is punished for failing to kill off ''all'' of a rival house's noble family by the DeadlyDecadentCourt, which sentences the attacking house to be exterminated ''properly''. This is built into their "law"; total extermination is fine, just don't leave any witnesses. Of course, only surviving nobles count as witnesses, not ordinary underlings. Wouldn't want to actually ''discourage'' [[KlingonPromotion competition]], now. And it would be a waste of people to kill everyone.
** Ironically, even this fails. One of the recruitable characters in the BaldursGate series is one of the few surviving members of this family.

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* In R.A. Salvatore's ForgottenRealms Literature/ForgottenRealms novel ''[[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy Homeland]]'', one Dark Elf house in Menzoberranzan is punished for failing to kill off ''all'' of a rival house's noble family by the DeadlyDecadentCourt, which sentences the attacking house to be exterminated ''properly''. This is built into their "law"; total extermination is fine, just don't leave any witnesses. Of course, only surviving nobles count as witnesses, not ordinary underlings. Wouldn't want to actually ''discourage'' [[KlingonPromotion competition]], now. And it would be a waste of people to kill everyone.
** Ironically, even this fails. One of the recruitable characters in the BaldursGate VideoGame/BaldursGate series is one of the few surviving members of this family.



* In C.S. Friedman's ''ColdfireTrilogy'', the immortal and extremely narcissistic MagnificentBastard character of the series left one of his children alive when he slaughtered his family to make a pact with a demon. His descendants were free to live without being troubled, provided they ''never'' laid claim to his title as the Neocount of Merentha. If any of the male descendants did so, then The Hunter would again lay waste to his entire family, save one. He was vain enough that he always left the one descendant who looked the most like him alive. Of course, [[spoiler:this bit him in the ass when the survivor of the last generation played a key role in the Patriarch's scheme to destroy him.]]

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* In C.S. Friedman's ''ColdfireTrilogy'', ''Literature/ColdfireTrilogy'', the immortal and extremely narcissistic MagnificentBastard character of the series left one of his children alive when he slaughtered his family to make a pact with a demon. His descendants were free to live without being troubled, provided they ''never'' laid claim to his title as the Neocount of Merentha. If any of the male descendants did so, then The Hunter would again lay waste to his entire family, save one. He was vain enough that he always left the one descendant who looked the most like him alive. Of course, [[spoiler:this bit him in the ass when the survivor of the last generation played a key role in the Patriarch's scheme to destroy him.]]



* KingArthur learned that he would be destroyed by a child born in a certain month, he had all the babies from that month gathered together, put on a ship and sent to die. The ship crashes and kills every one of them... except for one: Mordred. This is one of the newer versions of the much-revised legend, however. Earlier versions of the story have Mordred as his nephew, there is no such genocide, and Lancelot is nonexistent.
** In one more recent version, a GenreSavvy KingArthur knows how a GenocideBackfire works and instead conscripts all the boys of that age group and makes them squires. All of them but one love him. The one? [[YouCantFightFate Mordred]].

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* KingArthur Myth/KingArthur learned that he would be destroyed by a child born in a certain month, he had all the babies from that month gathered together, put on a ship and sent to die. The ship crashes and kills every one of them... except for one: Mordred. This is one of the newer versions of the much-revised legend, however. Earlier versions of the story have Mordred as his nephew, there is no such genocide, and Lancelot is nonexistent.
** In one more recent version, a GenreSavvy KingArthur Myth/KingArthur knows how a GenocideBackfire works and instead conscripts all the boys of that age group and makes them squires. All of them but one love him. The one? [[YouCantFightFate Mordred]].



* In the ''{{TabletopGame/BattleTech}}'' universe, during the Clan invasion, Clan Smoke Jaguar [=WarShips=] [[OrbitalBombardment powered up their weapons and glassed]] a Draconis Combine city in an attempt to break the back of the stubborn Combine resistance. Not only did this serve to alienate their allies, drive the Combine to even greater heights of stubborn defense, but, when a defector revealed the Exodus road, the closely guarded secret route to the Clan homeworlds, the battle cry (and mission) of the armada of the Restored Star League Defense Force was "Clan Smoke Jaguar Must Die!"
* In Rokugan, the setting of ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'', the Scorpion Clan serve as the Emperor's Underhand. They protect the Empire from hidden or subversive threats, the sort that can't be met with force of arms. Rokugan's CIA, basically. Sounds good, right? Well, the leader of the Scorpion Clan, Bayushi Shoju, discovers some hidden prophecies that foretell the return of [[SealedEvilInACan the dark god Fu Leng]] ... at the hands of the last of the imperial Hantei line. So, Shoju does what any well-meaning defender of his homeland would do. He unseals the [[ArtifactOfDoom Bloodsword "Ambition"]] and uses it to kill the Emperor and his family, while his army seizes the Imperial City in what would later be known as the Scorpion Clan Coup. Of course, the Emperor's weak, borderline-retarded son manages to survive, and when the Coup is inevitably foiled he is installed on the throne with Shoju's widow as his wife, where she proceeds to poison and corrupt him for years until he's so weak that [[DemonicPossession bad things start to happen]].

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* In the ''{{TabletopGame/BattleTech}}'' ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' universe, during the Clan invasion, Clan Smoke Jaguar [=WarShips=] [[OrbitalBombardment powered up their weapons and glassed]] a Draconis Combine city in an attempt to break the back of the stubborn Combine resistance. Not only did this serve to alienate their allies, drive the Combine to even greater heights of stubborn defense, but, when a defector revealed the Exodus road, the closely guarded secret route to the Clan homeworlds, the battle cry (and mission) of the armada of the Restored Star League Defense Force was "Clan Smoke Jaguar Must Die!"
* In Rokugan, the setting of ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'', ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'', the Scorpion Clan serve as the Emperor's Underhand. They protect the Empire from hidden or subversive threats, the sort that can't be met with force of arms. Rokugan's CIA, basically. Sounds good, right? Well, the leader of the Scorpion Clan, Bayushi Shoju, discovers some hidden prophecies that foretell the return of [[SealedEvilInACan the dark god Fu Leng]] ... at the hands of the last of the imperial Hantei line. So, Shoju does what any well-meaning defender of his homeland would do. He unseals the [[ArtifactOfDoom Bloodsword "Ambition"]] and uses it to kill the Emperor and his family, while his army seizes the Imperial City in what would later be known as the Scorpion Clan Coup. Of course, the Emperor's weak, borderline-retarded son manages to survive, and when the Coup is inevitably foiled he is installed on the throne with Shoju's widow as his wife, where she proceeds to poison and corrupt him for years until he's so weak that [[DemonicPossession bad things start to happen]].



* [[spoiler:[[GambitPileup Linda, brainwashed by the government, actually the Britjas under a false flag]]]], all from ''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 ''ItsWalky'', ''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.
19th Mar '16 11:09:11 PM SpocktorWho
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* Ublaz Mad Eyes of the ''{{Redwall}}'' series sent a group of corsair minions to destroy Holt Lutra (a community of otters) in order to procure a special set of pearls that he wanted for his crown. Unfortunately for him (and a lot of other people), Grath Longfletch, the leader of the group's daughter, just barely survived, and when she recuperated, dedicated her life to killing every corsair she could find. She is ultimately a key member of the group from Redwall that travels to his island and defeats him. Although she doesn't actually know who ''he'' is, and is not personally responsible for his death -- [[spoiler: Martin has that honor.]]
9th Mar '16 2:41:44 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''Manga/DragonBallZ'': Freeza exterminated the Saiyan race in an attempt to prevent any from potentially becoming the legendary Super Saiyan. He missed four (excluding the ones from the movies which put it at eight or so). Two of them, Radditz and Nappa, worked for Freeza alongside Vegeta, the prince of the Saiyans, but Goku, the fourth, would eventually take Freeza down by becoming the very thing Freeza feared. What's more, after getting turned into a cyborg and coming to Earth to take revenge, both he and his father King Cold are taken down for good by Future Trunks, who turns out to be the son of Vegeta, the other major Saiyan to survive.

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** Frieza
exterminated the Saiyan race in an attempt to prevent any from potentially becoming the legendary Super Saiyan. He missed four (excluding the ones from the movies which put it at eight or so). Two of them, Radditz Raditz and Nappa, worked for Freeza Frieza alongside Vegeta, the prince of the Saiyans, but Goku, the fourth, would eventually take Freeza Frieza down by becoming the very thing Freeza Frieza feared. What's more, after getting turned into a cyborg and coming to Earth to take revenge, both he and his father King Cold are taken down for good by Future Trunks, who turns out to be the son of Vegeta, the other major Saiyan to survive.


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** Frieza's cavalier extermination of the Namekians almost became this when he discovered simply having all seven Dragon Balls wasn't enough to grant his wish. Realising that the Namekians knew something about their use that he didn't, he made a quick but frantic search for any survivors.
19th Feb '16 8:05:51 PM Scrounge
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* In the third season of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', the Decepticons begin cloning an army of Predacons. But when the prototype reveals [[ItCanThink intelligence]] and abilities [[GoneHorriblyRight beyond what was planned]], Megatron quickly decides that allowing that Predacon (who now goes by the name Predaking) to have his army would be as much a danger to the Decepticons and to their enemies.
** To their credit, the Decepticons are at least GenreSavvy enough to know that Predaking's first priority will be [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge reducing those who killed his brethren to molten scrap]], and, at Starscream's suggestion, manipulate the Autobots into destroying the Predacons for them. This works for a while, but Predaking eventually learns the truth.
15th Feb '16 6:00:39 PM SmugTrope
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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. Played with later on when Shen first meets [[TheHero 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. Played with Of course, Shen is later on defeated by [[TheHero Po]] and his village is avenged. It's played with in a later act when Shen first meets [[TheHero Po]], 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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