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25th Mar '17 5:22:58 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/HudsonHawk'', the villains berate one of their henchmen for threatening to kill a captured BruceWillis, remarking that they need him alive to steal a MacGuffin for them. Realizing that they can't kill him, Bruce takes the opportunity to begin acting outrageously (singing a silly song, slapping the henchmen around, and grabbing the villainess and dancing lewdly with her) until TheDragon threatens Bruce with a GroinAttack, and the villainess remarks there's ''one'' body part that he won't be needing to steal the MacGuffin later on.

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* In ''Film/HudsonHawk'', the villains berate one of their henchmen for threatening to kill a captured BruceWillis, Creator/BruceWillis, remarking that they need him alive to steal a MacGuffin for them. Realizing that they can't kill him, Bruce takes the opportunity to begin acting outrageously (singing a silly song, slapping the henchmen around, and grabbing the villainess and dancing lewdly with her) until TheDragon threatens Bruce with a GroinAttack, and the villainess remarks there's ''one'' body part that he won't be needing to steal the MacGuffin later on.
1st Feb '17 11:53:43 AM nighttrainfm
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* Gambol's response to the Joker flouting the Mob's authority in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': "I'm puttin' the word out. Five hundred grand for this clown dead. A ''million'' alive, so I can teach him some manners first." Boy did that end horribly.

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
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Gambol's response to the Joker flouting the Mob's authority in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': authority: "I'm puttin' the word out. Five hundred grand for this clown dead. A ''million'' alive, so I can teach him some manners first." Boy Boy, did that end horribly.
10th Jan '17 9:14:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/BabylonAD'': While we don't see the bad guy in question actually giving the order, this is definitely in play when a group of mercenaries break into Toorop's place to take him back to their boss, a Russian mobster/warlord named Gorsky. Toorop figures this out on his own because he recognizes one of the mercs.
-->'''Mercenary:''' [''says something in Russian'']
-->'''Toorop:''' No shit, Karl! If you wanted me dead you would have [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill blown up the building]]!
4th Jan '17 8:01:22 PM infernape612
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* ''Fanfic/This Bites!'' 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/This Bites!'' this ''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.
2nd Jan '17 1:37:08 PM Taskmaster123
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* The season two BigBad Zoom in ''Series/TheFlash'' has a standing order to all his minions that any speedster they encounter is to be brought to him alive and unharmed. Failure to do so means Zoom will kill you, as he can't steal speed from a ''dead'' speedster.
31st Dec '16 4:46:18 PM TheWanderer
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** In ''Literature/DarkForceRising'', Grand Admiral Thrawn (notable for being [[ALighterShadeOfGrey less]] [[YouHaveFailedMe cruel to his subordinates]], as well as a big fan of the EvilOverlordList) says of the heroes: "I want them also alive if possible. If not -- If not, I'll understand." He did, however, specify that the prisoner the heroes were rescuing needed to be recaptured alive. The prisoner was one of only people in the entire galaxy who knew the location of [[spoiler:a lost but fully operation fleet of warships]] that Thrawn was seeking, and thus killing him without getting the information would have been a significant inconvenience.

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** In ''Literature/DarkForceRising'', Grand Admiral Thrawn (notable for being [[ALighterShadeOfGrey [[ALighterShadeOfBlack less]] [[YouHaveFailedMe cruel to his subordinates]], as well as a big fan of the EvilOverlordList) says of the heroes: "I want them also alive if possible. If not -- If not, I'll understand." He did, however, specify that the prisoner the heroes were rescuing needed to be recaptured alive. The prisoner was one of only people in the entire galaxy who knew the location of [[spoiler:a lost but fully operation fleet of warships]] that Thrawn was seeking, and thus killing him without getting the information would have been a significant inconvenience.
1st Dec '16 8:21:32 AM charliebiggs
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* In ''Film/TheWarriors'', Masai bellows, "I want ALL the warriors, alive is possible, dead if not!"

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* In Played with in ''Film/TheWarriors'', when Masai bellows, "I want ALL the warriors, Warriors! I want them alive is if possible, dead if not!"not, WASTED!"
29th Nov '16 7:46:39 PM nombretomado
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** In "A Witch Shall Be Born" Constantius orders it for Conan.

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** In "A Witch Shall Be Born" "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn" Constantius orders it for Conan.
29th Nov '16 7:46:23 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian novel ''The Hour of the Dragon'', Valerius inverts it:

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian Literature/ConanTheBarbarian novel ''The Hour of the Dragon'', ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', Valerius inverts it:
15th Nov '16 4:35:20 PM Morgenthaler
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* Rare hero example: in ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' after you [[spoiler:defeat Krew]], you discover that the latter sent [[{{Badass}} Sig]] on an assignment to open a door in the Underport. When you get there, you see him fighting for his life and claiming [[spoiler:Krew]] set him up to open the door and [[spoiler:let hundreds of Metal Heads into the city]].

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* Rare hero example: in ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' after you [[spoiler:defeat Krew]], you discover that the latter sent [[{{Badass}} Sig]] Sig on an assignment to open a door in the Underport. When you get there, you see him fighting for his life and claiming [[spoiler:Krew]] set him up to open the door and [[spoiler:let hundreds of Metal Heads into the city]].
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