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18th May '18 2:07:53 AM ElodieHiras
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** Dark VIP missions in ''VideoGame/{{XCOM 2}}''. You have to neutralize an important VIP working for the VichyEarth. Killing the VIP merely requires to attack them. Capturing the VIP requires getting a soldier close enough to deliver a TapOnTheHead, and one soldier to carry the VIP to the evacuation point (can be the same soldier or two different ones). Killing the VIP is safer, but results in only getting [[GlobalCurrency Supplies]], while capturing the VIP results in getting both supplies and Intel, but is riskier, as the soldier carrying the VIP can't do anything other than move and [[FastRoping grab the rope at the evac point]].
7th May '18 6:46:53 AM JackG
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* In the seventh episode of season one of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Jaime Lannister, in ordering the City Watch to arrest Ned, curtly orders, "Take him alive. Kill his men."

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* In the seventh episode of season one of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Jaime Lannister, in ordering the City Watch to arrest Ned, curtly orders, "Take him alive. Kill his men."" Ned Stark'wife is holding Jaime's brother prisoner, but Jaime knows that the death of a few soldiers can be brushed under the carpet (and is by the King, [[AFatherToHisMen despite Ned's objections]]).
17th Apr '18 11:59:37 PM Taxima
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* ''Fanfic/ThisBites'': This is the fate awaiting [[spoiler: Princess Vivi of Alabasta]] if caught. This is particular horrifying example because it means that she would be in the hands of the Celestial Dragon, but that there wouldn't be a thing anyone could or would do anything to help her.

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* ''Fanfic/ThisBites'': This is the fate awaiting The wanted poster for [[spoiler: Princess Vivi of Alabasta]] if caught. specifies that she's to be taken alive, rather than the traditional "Dead or Alive". This is particular a particularly horrifying example because it means that she would be in the hands of the Celestial Dragon, but that there wouldn't be a thing anyone could or would do anything Dragons who are doubtlessly planning any number of torture methods they want to help her.perform on her themselves.
28th Jan '18 8:10:13 PM Trogdor
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{{Justified|Trope}} if they have important information and the BigBad wants them alive for interrogation, or wants to leave an EmptyShell of his former opponents [[DontCreateArtyr rather than]] [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning martyrs]].

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{{Justified|Trope}} if they have important information and the BigBad wants them alive for interrogation, or wants to leave an EmptyShell of his former opponents [[DontCreateArtyr [[DontCreateAMartyr rather than]] [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning martyrs]].
8th Jan '18 12:51:10 PM Luigifan
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Less menacingly, this is a standard line for a NobleDemon who would genuinely prefer to keep the body count as low as possible while carrying out his EvilPlan--a sentiment his minions may or may not share. If the villain is a WorthyOpponent or FriendlyEnemy, expect an AntagonistInMourning scene if his henchmen choose to ignore this stipulation. (It's okay, though, because they probably NeverFoundTheBody and just assumed that NoOneCouldSurviveThat).

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Less menacingly, this is a standard line for a NobleDemon who would genuinely prefer to keep the body count as low as possible while carrying out his EvilPlan--a EvilPlan -- a sentiment his minions may or may not share. If the villain is a WorthyOpponent or FriendlyEnemy, expect an AntagonistInMourning scene if his henchmen choose to ignore this stipulation. (It's okay, though, because they probably NeverFoundTheBody and just assumed that NoOneCouldSurviveThat).



{{Justified|Trope}} if they have important information and the BigBad wants them alive for interrogation, or wants to leave an EmptyShell of his former opponents rather than [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning martyrs]].

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{{Justified|Trope}} if they have important information and the BigBad wants them alive for interrogation, or wants to leave an EmptyShell of his former opponents [[DontCreateArtyr rather than than]] [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning martyrs]].



* The villain's main objective in ''Manga/ZeroSevenGhost'' is to bring Teito back alive. Ayanami originally wanted to kill Teito, but he decided that he wanted the boy alive because [[spoiler:he possessed the Eye of Mikhail.]] At one point, he electrocuted Teito with the Oath Collar when he attempted to kill himself.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': [[spoiler:The Titan Shifters, humans who infiltrated the walled city and attacked it]] go through a lot of trouble to capture main character Eren Jaeger alive, seemingly because [[spoiler:he has the same powers as them, but since they're stronger]] many people were confused for a while as to why they specifically needed him alive and wouldn't just kill him when he became too much trouble. [[spoiler:Then we find out that he has another power--the ability to control]] the mindless, main eating titans that populate the outside world. [[spoiler:When the titan shifters are incapacitated, the royal family's personal guard starts to launch kidnapping attempts.]]
* [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Akatsuki]] want all the Jinchuuriki alive because killing them would kill the Biiju [[SealedEvilInACan sealed inside them]], which is what they're after. In something of a subversion, this doesn't stop them from trying to ''cripple'' them (Kisame suggested cutting off Naruto's legs to keep him from running away, and later tried to actually do it to [[spoiler:Killer Bee]]).

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* The villain's main objective in ''Manga/ZeroSevenGhost'' is to bring Teito back alive. Ayanami originally wanted to kill Teito, but he decided that he wanted the boy alive because [[spoiler:he possessed the Eye of Mikhail.]] Mikhail]]. At one point, he electrocuted Teito with the Oath Collar when he attempted to kill himself.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': [[spoiler:The Titan Shifters, humans who infiltrated the walled city and attacked it]] go through a lot of trouble to capture main character Eren Jaeger alive, seemingly because [[spoiler:he has the same powers as them, but since they're stronger]] many people were confused for a while as to why they specifically needed him alive and wouldn't just kill him when he became too much trouble. [[spoiler:Then we find out that he has another power--the power -- the ability to control]] the mindless, main eating man-eating titans that populate the outside world. [[spoiler:When the titan shifters are incapacitated, the royal family's personal guard starts to launch kidnapping attempts.]]
* [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Akatsuki]] want wants all the Jinchuuriki alive because killing them would kill the Biiju [[SealedEvilInACan sealed inside them]], which is what they're after. In something of a subversion, this doesn't stop them from trying to ''cripple'' them (Kisame suggested cutting off Naruto's legs to keep him from running away, and later tried to actually do it to [[spoiler:Killer Bee]]).
15th Nov '17 1:08:10 PM lillolillo
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* A more reasonable variant in a 1950s or '60s newspaper comic, when the villain told his troops to take {{Tarzan}} "alive if you can -- dead if you must!"
* {{P|owerParasite}}arasite is one of the few members of Franchise/{{Superman}}'s RoguesGallery that doesn't want to kill the Man of Steel. No, he wants to keep Superman alive so he can keep feeding off of him for his powers.

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* A more reasonable variant in a 1950s or '60s newspaper comic, when the villain told his troops to take {{Tarzan}} Franchise/{{Tarzan}} "alive if you can -- dead if you must!"
* {{P|owerParasite}}arasite Parasite is one of the few members of Franchise/{{Superman}}'s RoguesGallery that doesn't want to kill the Man of Steel. No, he wants to keep Superman alive so he can keep feeding off of him for his powers.powers.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', the Diasporan king wants his soldiers to bring the Girl of Steel alive and unharmed before him, so he can take over her body.



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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''/''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'', mob boss Vladislav orders his henchmen to capture Buffy and Supergirl alive so he can feed them to an EldritchAbomination.
16th Oct '17 5:17:41 PM LordNictus
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** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E19ZeroHour "Zero Hour"]]: Tarkin orders Grand Admiral Thrawn to take the rebel leaders alive during his assault on their base, as he's confident an officer of Thrawn's caliber can pull it off. [[spoiler:This ends up [[NiceJobFixingItVillain giving those rebel leaders the opportunity to escape with their lives]].]]

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** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E19ZeroHour "Zero Hour"]]: Tarkin orders Grand Admiral Thrawn to take the rebel leaders alive to MakeAnExampleOfThem during his assault on their base, as he's confident an officer of Thrawn's caliber can pull it off. [[spoiler:This ends up [[NiceJobFixingItVillain giving those rebel leaders the opportunity to escape with their lives]].]]
16th Oct '17 5:16:28 PM LordNictus
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Maybe the villain wants [[ItsPersonal the satisfaction]] of [[LeaveHimToMe killing the hero himself]], especially if he considers himself [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou The Only One Allowed To Defeat Him]]. Maybe he needs the hero in order to finish a magic ritual. Maybe he wants someone to take hostage. Maybe the villain [[WeCanRuleTogether wants the hero to join him]], or [[FoeYay just wants the hero]]. Maybe he's under orders by superiors. Maybe he wants to take the hero prisoner for interrogation. Or, perhaps, he wants to make an example of the hero. He announces to his minions, "I want them alive!"

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Maybe the villain wants [[ItsPersonal the satisfaction]] of [[LeaveHimToMe killing the hero himself]], especially if he considers himself [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou The Only One Allowed To Defeat Him]]. Maybe he needs the hero in order to finish a magic ritual. Maybe he wants someone to take hostage. Maybe the villain [[WeCanRuleTogether wants the hero to join him]], or [[FoeYay just wants the hero]]. Maybe he's under orders by superiors. Maybe he wants to take the hero prisoner for interrogation. Or, perhaps, he wants to make an example of the hero.MakeAnExampleOfThem. He announces to his minions, "I want them alive!"
24th Sep '17 2:16:58 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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A variant of LeaveHimToMe.

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A variant of LeaveHimToMe.
LeaveHimToMe. Compare CantKillYouStillNeedYou.
18th Sep '17 3:24:42 AM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian novel ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', Valerius inverts it:

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian novel ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', Valerius inverts it:
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