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19th Sep '16 7:10:17 AM tropower
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* This is one of the few tropes to be played straight in Film/{{Spaceballs}} when Spaceball One spots Princess Vespa's Mercedes:
-->'''President Skroob''': Tell Dark Helmet he must take the Princess alive!
20th Jul '16 5:56:24 AM Morgenthaler
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Regardless of which side, if death is not an option and the [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy opponent is aware of this]], [[StopOrIShootMyself they will definitely use this to their advantage]].

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Regardless of which side, if death is not an option and the [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy opponent is aware of this]], this, [[StopOrIShootMyself they will definitely use this to their advantage]].



** In ''Literature/DarkForceRising'', Grand Admiral Thrawn (notable for being [[ALighterShadeOfGrey less]] [[YouHaveFailedMe cruel to his subordinates]], as well as a [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy 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 less]] [[YouHaveFailedMe cruel to his subordinates]], as well as a [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy big fan]] 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.
15th Jul '16 9:58:41 AM BlackGryphon101
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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[[CompleteMonsters]]Celestial Dragon but that there wouldn't be a thing anyone could or would do anything to help her.
9th Jul '16 4:37:06 AM tropower
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* In [[Film/{{Batman}} the 1989 Batman movie]], Commissioner Gordon does this when Jack Napier (who would later become The Joker) is cornered at the Axis Chemicals plant:
-->'''Commissioner Gordon''': This is Commissioner Gordon. I want him taken alive. I repeat, any man who opens fire on Jack Napier shall answer to me.
23rd Jun '16 6:35:21 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993'', with TimCurry's Cardinal Richelieu declaring a bounty on the titular Musketeers: "One thousand gold pieces on each of their heads, dead or alive!" (Steps away, then returns) "...I prefer dead!"

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* Averted in ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993'', with TimCurry's Creator/TimCurry's Cardinal Richelieu declaring a bounty on the titular Musketeers: "One thousand gold pieces on each of their heads, dead or alive!" (Steps away, then returns) "...I prefer dead!"
19th Jun '16 2:26:55 PM nombretomado
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** In ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Dark Force Rising]]'', Grand Admiral Thrawn (notable for being [[ALighterShadeOfGrey less]] [[YouHaveFailedMe cruel to his subordinates]], as well as a [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy 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 ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Dark Force Rising]]'', ''Literature/DarkForceRising'', Grand Admiral Thrawn (notable for being [[ALighterShadeOfGrey less]] [[YouHaveFailedMe cruel to his subordinates]], as well as a [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy 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.
11th Jun '16 9:30:56 AM JackG
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* A JustifiedTrope in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''. Specifically, Trask wants [[MacGuffinSuperPerson Mystique]] alive, since he needs not just her blood ([[YouCantThwartStageOne which he gets]]) but also her [[PlayingWithSyringes brain tissue and spinal fluid]] for what he plans to do with her abilities. In the ''Rogue Cut'', President Nixon misunderstands [[IHaveYouKnowMyPretty his intentions]].

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* A JustifiedTrope in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''. Specifically, Trask wants [[MacGuffinSuperPerson Mystique]] alive, since he needs not just her blood ([[YouCantThwartStageOne which he gets]]) but also her [[PlayingWithSyringes brain tissue and spinal fluid]] for what he plans to do with her abilities. In the ''Rogue Cut'', President Nixon misunderstands [[IHaveYouKnowMyPretty [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty his intentions]].
11th Jun '16 9:30:35 AM JackG
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* A JustifiedTrope in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''. Specifically, Trask wants [[MacGuffinSuperPerson Mystique]] alive, since he needs not just her blood ([[YouCantThwartStageOne which he gets]]) but also her [[PlayingWithSyringes brain tissue and spinal fluid]] for what he plans to do with her abilities.

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* A JustifiedTrope in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''. Specifically, Trask wants [[MacGuffinSuperPerson Mystique]] alive, since he needs not just her blood ([[YouCantThwartStageOne which he gets]]) but also her [[PlayingWithSyringes brain tissue and spinal fluid]] for what he plans to do with her abilities. In the ''Rogue Cut'', President Nixon misunderstands [[IHaveYouKnowMyPretty his intentions]].
-->'''Trask:''' And I want her. [[ForScience For research purposes, of course]].
-->'''Nixon:''' I don't care who you screw, as long as it's not me.
4th Jun '16 4:08:41 PM nombretomado
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* Both used and averted in ''TheExecutioner'' novels by Don Pendleton. The hero Mack Bolan is a OneManArmy conducting his personal war against the Mafia. On one occasion a mob boss demands that Bolan be taken alive and unharmed so he can torture him to death. The button man assigned to the task retorts that from what he's heard of Bolan's reputation, the boss had better be happy with getting him in any condition whatsoever. On another occasion a hitman who's discovered Bolan holed up in a motel tells his mooks that if they find Bolan "in bed with his pants down" they're to capture him, if not just blast him on sight.

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* Both used and averted in ''TheExecutioner'' ''Literature/TheExecutioner'' novels by Don Pendleton. The hero Mack Bolan is a OneManArmy conducting his personal war against the Mafia. On one occasion a mob boss demands that Bolan be taken alive and unharmed so he can torture him to death. The button man assigned to the task retorts that from what he's heard of Bolan's reputation, the boss had better be happy with getting him in any condition whatsoever. On another occasion a hitman who's discovered Bolan holed up in a motel tells his mooks that if they find Bolan "in bed with his pants down" they're to capture him, if not just blast him on sight.
9th May '16 9:32:28 AM Jice_Wumpkin
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Usually sets up an increased amount of urgency with the scene. After all, you can only be killed once, but if the BigBad wants you alive, then you know you're in for a ''[[FateWorseThanDeath really]] ''[[FateWorseThanDeath bad time]].

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Usually sets up an increased amount of urgency with the scene. After all, you can only be killed once, but if the BigBad wants you alive, then you know you're in for a ''[[FateWorseThanDeath really]] ''[[FateWorseThanDeath [[FateWorseThanDeath ''really'' bad time]].



** In ''Film/ANewHope'', to his men on Leia's ship: "...and bring me the passengers, IWantThemAlive!"

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** In ''Film/ANewHope'', to his men on Leia's ship: "...and bring me the passengers, IWantThemAlive!"I want them alive!"



--->"You are free to use any methods necessary, but IWantThemAlive. [Vader points at Boba Fett] ''[[NoodleIncident No disintegrations]]''!"\\

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--->"You are free to use any methods necessary, but IWantThemAlive.I want them alive. [Vader points at Boba Fett] ''[[NoodleIncident No disintegrations]]''!"\\
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