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26th Mar '17 4:19:32 PM Dravencour
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* One of your final missions in ''VideoGame/Doom2016'' is to destroy VEGA, the sentient ArtificialIntelligence and MasterComputer of the UAC, because its power is needed to send you to the heart of the Hell portal so you can shut it down forever. VEGA walks you through each step of the process, and even gives you a variant of the Trope Name at the start. [[spoiler:The Doom Slayer makes a backup of VEGA for his suit at the end of the mission, because it is the only major entity in the game that did not seek to either use him for self-serving purposes or try to kill him]].
17th Mar '17 11:32:18 PM jtierney50
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** Subverted in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' with Mr. House. While it's never revealed whether or not he ''can'' die by his own hand, he certainly doesn't want to. However, if the Courier chooses to remove him from his life support system, he begs the Courier to just kill him instead of leaving him alive, thus invoking the trope. The reason being, having been removed from his life-support pod and exposed to the various nasty diseases and radiations of the wastes (or at least those that could get into the basement of the Lucky 38), putting Mr. House back into the pod alive will leave him incapacitated and dying over the next 60 or so years. Killing him is certainly the merciful option at that point.
** In ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', John Caleb Bradeberton, the inventor of Nuka-Cola, is kept alive by a life support system in the form of his own severed head underneath Nuka-World (parodying a popular urban legend that Walt Disney's cryogenically frozen head is kept underneath Disneyland). However, in a cruel twist, he is unable control or do anything but stare at a wall for the 200 years since the bombs fell. When the Sole Survivor finds him, he begs him/her to turn off the life support and let him die, much to the shock and anguish of Nuka-Cola fanatic Sierra Petrovita.
14th Mar '17 5:49:04 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': As Truthless, Szeth is not allowed to take his own life. [[spoiler:Once he learns he isn't Truthless, he lets Kaladin finish him]].
14th Mar '17 10:29:14 AM CosmicFerret
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* [[JapaneseChristian There were quite a few Roman Catholic samurai during]] [[JidaiGeki the Sengoku period]]. As a result, they cannot commit seppuku due to religious reasons even though it would be culturally appropriate to do so. The alternative is [[SuicideByCop suicide by opponent soldier]].

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* [[JapaneseChristian [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian There were quite a few Roman Catholic samurai during]] [[JidaiGeki the Sengoku period]]. As a result, they cannot commit seppuku due to religious reasons even though it would be culturally appropriate to do so. The alternative is [[SuicideByCop suicide by opponent soldier]].
12th Mar '17 6:46:53 PM KrspaceT
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** [[WordOfGod The writer has stated that]] he's dead, and is listed among the dead in the Death List for R2.

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** [[WordOfGod The writer has stated that]] he's dead, and is listed among the dead in the Death List for R2. Then R3 was announced and he was confirmed to be alive...
1st Mar '17 7:44:55 AM BeerBaron
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* The Underking of Franchise/TheElderScrolls has this due to the fact that he ''cannot'' die until re-united with his heart (his goal in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' is just that, and since the canon ending turned out to be 'all of the above', he probably did).
* A variation occurs as part of a minor quest in the Shivering Isles expansion of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', where an Imperial named Hirrus Clutumnus in Crucible asks you to kill him. He's perfectly capable of doing it himself and would be happy to, but doesn't want to end up on the Hill of Suicides like the others before him. Fortunately, he happens to spend time on the rail-less staircase to the New Sheoth palace grounds - ''and'' you have the option of pushing him off in-dialogue...
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'''s Bloodmoon expansion you find a Nord looking for a path into Sovngarde, the Nordic version of Paradise. As it turns out, the only way into Sovngarde is to die in battle.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
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The Underking of Franchise/TheElderScrolls in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' has this due to the fact that he ''cannot'' die until re-united with his heart (his goal in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' the game is just that, and since the canon ending turned out to be 'all '[[MergingTheBranches all of the above', above]]', he probably did).
* ** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'''s ''Bloodmoon'' expansion, Ulfgar the Unending is looking for a way into Sovngarde, the Nordic paradise afterlife. He recruits the player to help him find the way in. [[spoiler: As it turns out, you must die in battle. And seeing as how the player is the only person around badass enough to defeat Ulfgar in combat, he asks him/her to do this]].
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A variation occurs as part of a minor quest in the Shivering Isles expansion of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', where an Imperial named Hirrus Clutumnus in Crucible asks you to kill him. He's perfectly capable of doing it himself and would be happy to, but doesn't want to end up on the Hill of Suicides like the others before him. Fortunately, he happens to spend time on the rail-less staircase to the New Sheoth palace grounds - ''and'' you have the option of pushing him off in-dialogue...
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'''s Bloodmoon expansion you find a Nord looking for a path into Sovngarde, the Nordic version of Paradise. As it turns out, the only way into Sovngarde is to die in battle.
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22nd Feb '17 10:13:29 AM nighttrainfm
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* The Dalek in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Dalek" was developing more emotions than just hatred - a situation its species could not stand. It had to be ordered to die by someone else, as its training would not let it commit suicide under other circumstances. Rose finally (and reluctantly) gave the order.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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The Dalek in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Dalek" was developing more emotions than just hatred - a situation its species could not stand. It had to be ordered to die by someone else, as its training would not let it commit suicide under other circumstances. Rose finally (and reluctantly) gave the order.



* Beth, in the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Sleeper" couldn't actually kill herself because of her position as a sleeper, but because of the grief she'd caused herself, she took Gwen hostage to force the team to kill her.

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* Beth, in the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Sleeper" "Sleeper", couldn't actually kill herself because of her position as a sleeper, but because of the grief she'd caused herself, she took Gwen hostage to force the team to kill her.
6th Feb '17 9:08:06 PM Jake
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** Specifically, he was going to reveal his {{Bishie Sparkle}}s to the city, somehow revealing the existence of vampires and forcing the Volturi to kill him.
** Which is [[FridgeLogic a bit confusing]], since the vampires of that series are described as basically stone statues with lighter fluid for all bodily fluids and immolation as the only surefire way to kill one of them. He should have been able to just set himself on fire to kill himself.

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** Specifically, he was going to reveal his {{Bishie Sparkle}}s to the city, somehow revealing the existence of vampires and forcing the Volturi to kill him.
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him. Which is [[FridgeLogic a bit confusing]], since the vampires of that series are described as basically stone statues with lighter fluid for all bodily fluids and immolation as the only surefire way to kill one of them. He them, so he should have been able to just set himself on fire to kill himself.himself... But Edward is at least strongly hinted to have been RaisedCatholic, and wouldn't be the first to use SuicideByCop to try and rules-lawyer their way out of the mortal sin of suicide.
27th Jan '17 12:11:02 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Maester Luwin asks Osha for a MercyKill and she obliges.
** Theon's torture culminates in him ''pleading'' for death, which his tormentor has no intention of granting.
** Having lost his knife in the fight that breaks him, The Hound is forced to ''beg'' his companion for a MercyKill, which she refuses to grant.
20th Jan '17 10:18:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the climactic scene of ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'', when the BigBad Storm King is in the process of being summoned back into the world, [[UnwittingPawn King Elias]] (who has been an unrepentant JerkAss to this point), has an OhCrap moment when he realizes that his promised {{Immortality}} will come about thanks to DemonicPossession, condemning him to an eternity of AndIMustScream. In his very last moments of sanity prior to being taken over completely, his daughter Miriamele shoots him with the [[ChekhovsGun White Arrow]], killing him. Later, Miriamele laments to Simon that she saw in his eyes that he wanted her to do it.

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* In the climactic scene of ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'', ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', when the BigBad Storm King is in the process of being summoned back into the world, [[UnwittingPawn King Elias]] (who has been an unrepentant JerkAss to this point), has an OhCrap moment when he realizes that his promised {{Immortality}} will come about thanks to DemonicPossession, condemning him to an eternity of AndIMustScream. In his very last moments of sanity prior to being taken over completely, his daughter Miriamele shoots him with the [[ChekhovsGun White Arrow]], killing him. Later, Miriamele laments to Simon that she saw in his eyes that he wanted her to do it.
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