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6th Mar '18 8:10:02 PM nombretomado
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* Sometime during the Dominion War in {{Terinu}}'s past, the human rebels attempted to destroy the Varn Dominion's main power source. Said source consisting of childlike sentient beings known as the Ferin. The Terran Federation trying to both finish the job and keeping the secret from their allied races is a major plot point.

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* Sometime during the Dominion War in {{Terinu}}'s ''{{Webcomic/Terinu}}'''s past, the human rebels attempted to destroy the Varn Dominion's main power source. Said source consisting of childlike sentient beings known as the Ferin. The Terran Federation trying to both finish the job and keeping the secret from their allied races is a major plot point.
10th Feb '18 9:31:04 PM Lopiny
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': House Bolton tried to wipe out the Stark bloodline. The Stark remnants fighting back and Ramsay's own StupidEvil tendencies led to the Bolton bloodline's extinction instead.

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House Bolton tried to wipe out the Stark bloodline. The Stark remnants fighting back and Ramsay's own StupidEvil tendencies led to the Bolton bloodline's extinction instead.instead.
** [[spoiler:Arya]] takes a particular delight in pointing this out as [[spoiler:all the males of House Frey die from poisoned wine, annihilating it as a house]], saying they should have wiped out ''all'' of the Starks, root and stem, but since they didn't, they are [[KillEmAll where they are now]].
-->''Leave one wolf alive, and the sheep are never safe''
31st Jan '18 3:19:25 AM jormis29
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* Excellent example in ''The Trojan War Will Not Take Place'': Hector claims that the nation he fought was the most barbaric one, so there will no longer be wars because the Trojans killed every child. Except one. Andromache answers that this child will have uncountable descendants, so in some centuries the world will be at total war.

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* Excellent example in ''The Trojan War Will Not Take Place'': ''Theatre/TheTrojanWarWillNotTakePlace'': Hector claims that the nation he fought was the most barbaric one, so there will no longer be wars because the Trojans killed every child. Except one. Andromache answers that this child will have uncountable descendants, so in some centuries the world will be at total war.
23rd Jan '18 12:45:20 AM CountDorku
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** The destruction of Chandra Nalaar's village on Kaladesh by Consulate enforcer Baral, leading to Chandra's spark igniting, had two survivors: Chandra, who planeswalked away, and Chandra's mother, Pia. Pia dealt with it by leading a rebellion against the Consulate, and when Chandra returned, she dealt with it by joining in, with Baral finishing the story [[CruelMercy locked away forever with nothing but his scars and the knowledge that the world is moving on without him]].
13th Jan '18 11:38:40 PM InsidiousUnicorn
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* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' backstory the quarian government 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]], [[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 ended up driven from their homeworld. To add insult to injury they only survived at all because the geth, being unable to fully comprehend the ramifications of wiping out the last 0.1%, let them go (at least, if you believe what the 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, who tried to commit genocide on ''all'' other life) after the war proceeded to 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 (the descendants of the population eradicated by the geth hundreds of years ago), having developed a new anti-geth weapon, attack and try to wipe them out in an attempt to regain their lost territory. Depending on the player's choices, either the 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]]

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* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' backstory the quarian government 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]], [[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 ended up driven from their homeworld. To add insult to injury they only survived at all because the geth, being unable to fully comprehend the ramifications of wiping out the last 0.1%, let them go (at least, if you believe what the geth tell you).go.
** 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, who tried to commit genocide on ''all'' other life) life due to their worship of the Reapers) after the war proceeded to 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 It gets a bit more complicated as [[HiveMind Legion,]] a geth who can be recruited as a team mate, will also mention the geth are open to peace [[IdiotBall yet the quarians (the descendants attack them 100% of the population eradicated by time if they believe they have an advantage.]] and the geth hundreds of years ago), conflicting midset in response to their ancestors near genocide causes a large rift in the Conclave. Then in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' present-day quarians, having developed a new anti-geth weapon, attack and try to wipe them out in an attempt to regain their lost territory. Depending on the player's choices, either the few surviving quarians can eradicate the same machines that reduced their species from a population of billions to millions to begin with, ancestors created, 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 small 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]] [[/note]]
4th Jan '18 7:01:02 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series' backstory, the Atmorans, a [[BarbarianHero barbarian]] {{Precursor}} race of the [[HornyVikings Nords]], began migrating to Tamriel from the now-lost [[GrimUpNorth continent of Atmora]], landing and settling in modern day Skyrim. The [[OurElvesAreBetter Falmer (Snow Elves)]], who inhabited Skyrim, grew concerned when they started to become outnumbered by the Atmorans. While there are conflicting details regarding exactly what happened that night, the Falmer would attack and massacre the Atmoran city of Saarthal. Unfortunately, [[FounderOfTheKingdom Ysgramor]] and his sons survived. They returned to Atmora and raised an army of 500 of Atmora's greatest warriors. They returned to Skyrim and led a [[ThePurge Purge]] on the Falmer, slaughtering the majority of their population. Save for a small population at a very remote monastery, the surviving Falmer were forced to turn to their [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] cousins for shelter. The Dwemer agreed to take them in, but only if the Falmer agreed to consume poisonous mushrooms to permanently blind them and essentially become EnslavedElves to the Dwemer. Following the [[RiddleForTheAges disappearance of the Dwemer]], the surviving modern Falmer are now barely sapient [[TheMorlocks Morlock]]-like creatures who continue to inhabit the Dwemer's abandoned ruins.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series' backstory, the Atmorans, a [[BarbarianHero barbarian]] {{Precursor}} race of the [[HornyVikings Nords]], began migrating to Tamriel from the now-lost [[GrimUpNorth continent of Atmora]], landing and settling in modern day Skyrim. The [[OurElvesAreBetter Falmer (Snow Elves)]], who inhabited Skyrim, grew concerned when they started to become outnumbered by the Atmorans. While there are conflicting details regarding exactly what happened that night, the Falmer would attack and massacre the Atmoran city of Saarthal. Unfortunately, [[FounderOfTheKingdom Ysgramor]] and his sons survived. They returned to Atmora and raised an army of 500 of Atmora's greatest warriors. They returned to Skyrim and led a [[ThePurge Purge]] on the Falmer, slaughtering the majority of their population. Save for a small population at a very remote monastery, the surviving Falmer were forced to turn to their [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] cousins for shelter. The Dwemer agreed to take them in, but only if the Falmer agreed to consume poisonous mushrooms to permanently blind them and essentially become EnslavedElves to the Dwemer. Following the [[RiddleForTheAges disappearance of the Dwemer]], the surviving modern Falmer are now barely sapient [[TheMorlocks Morlock]]-like creatures who continue to inhabit the Dwemer's abandoned ruins. However, by the 4th Era, the Falmer are growing more bold, venturing above ground to kidnap surface dwellers while their numbers swell beneath ground. They also seem to be regaining some of their lost sentience, forging better weapons and armor from farmed Chaurus chitin and practicing crude alchemy to create poisons from the plentiful mushrooms that grow in their underground lairs. The author of one in-game book in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' even believes that the Falmer may be preparing to wage war on their surface dwelling ancestral enemies, crossing over with elements of CreateYourOwnVillain and LaserGuidedKarma for the Nords.
20th Dec '17 8:17:23 PM Prime32
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* In ''Manga/MaoDante'', [[GodIsEvil God wipes out the original human race]] in order to replace them [[PiecesOfGod with himself]], but some of those exposed to his power absorb it and mutate into the first demons.
11th Dec '17 3:18:52 AM Skyblade743
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* In ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'', the Ganglion [[spoiler:tried to destroy humanity due to being descended from the Samaarians. This backfired ''before the genocide had even started'' as Elma had given humanity faster than light travel and warned them about the Ganglion, and although the Ganglion destroy Earth, Luxxaar is killed by Lao and the Ganglion is, for the most part, destroyed by BLADE.]]
26th Nov '17 7:20:48 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* 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.
** It helps that Salamander Hanzo was a complete monster himself, so the Rain Country sees Pain as a hero, and they know nothing of the Akatsuki or the abduction of Jinchuriki and fatal extraction of their Biju that Pain is partaking in, or of what he plans to use them for. As for Orochimaru, as stated above, there isn't much information about the Rice Pattie land's politics, and he probably started the Sound Village.
** Also deliberately invoked by [[spoiler:Itachi with the Uchiha Massacre. He leaves Sasuke alive because he ''wants'' to die by his hand.]] It still falls through, though; [[spoiler:by this time, Sasuke has abandoned the Leaf Village, and afterward, he decides to actively destroy it.]]
** Danzo was concerned about this himself. [[spoiler:This is why he felt that, during the Uchiha massacre, it was necessary to even kill off ''everyone'', even children. Considering that the one survivor now wants to destroy the village, and eventually killed Danzo himself, he may have had a point. Then again, Danzo's actions in the name of Konoha have oftentimes created even worse problems, so this probably came from experience.]]

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* 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.
** It helps that Salamander Hanzo was a complete monster himself, so the Rain Country sees Pain as a hero, and they know nothing of the Akatsuki or the abduction of Jinchuriki and fatal extraction of their Biju that Pain is partaking in, or of what he plans to use them for. As for Orochimaru, as stated above, there isn't much information about the Rice Pattie land's politics, and he probably started the Sound Village.
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Deliberately invoked in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' by [[spoiler:Itachi with the Uchiha Massacre. He leaves Sasuke alive because he ''wants'' to die by his hand.]] It still falls through, though; [[spoiler:by this time, Sasuke has abandoned the Leaf Village, and afterward, he decides to actively destroy it.]]
** Danzo was concerned about this himself. [[spoiler:This is why he felt that, during the Uchiha massacre, it was necessary to even kill off ''everyone'', even children. Considering that the one survivor now wants to destroy the village, and eventually killed Danzo himself, he may have had a point. Then again, Danzo's actions in the name of Konoha have oftentimes created even worse problems, so this probably came from experience.
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26th Nov '17 7:18:10 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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->''"It is right and honorable to use any means under God's heaven to kill [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans Indians]]. ... Kill and scalp all, [[AvertedTrope big and little;]] [[GenocideBackfire nits make lice.]]"''
-->-- '''[[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks Col. John Milton Chivington]]''', [[UsefulNotes/ManifestDestiny 'Sand Creek Massacre' of 29/11/1864]]
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