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15th Jun '17 7:20:06 PM Anddrix
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If the minion who receives this order is GenreSavvy, they may respond with WhyDontYouJustShootHim

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If the minion who receives this order is GenreSavvy, clever, they may respond with WhyDontYouJustShootHim



* Surprisingly averted by Apophis (usually the most cliché of bad guys) in the season 1 finale of ''Series/StargateSG1''. Klorel, son of Apophis, discovers Teal'c and O'Neill hiding out on his ship. When Klorel asks if Apophis wants them alive, Apophis quickly states that Klorel should kill them both, quickly. The GenreSavvy didn't help, though.

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* Surprisingly averted by Apophis (usually the most cliché of bad guys) in the season 1 finale of ''Series/StargateSG1''. Klorel, son of Apophis, discovers Teal'c and O'Neill hiding out on his ship. When Klorel asks if Apophis wants them alive, Apophis quickly states that Klorel should kill them both, quickly. The GenreSavvy didn't help, though.



* A GenreSavvy variation of this trope occurs in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' -- "Spare the asari if you can. If not, it doesn't matter."
** A second even more GenreSavvy one comes from the second game -- "I want his body recovered, if possible."

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* A GenreSavvy variation of this trope occurs in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' -- "Spare the asari if you can. If not, it doesn't matter."
** A second even more GenreSavvy one comes from the second game -- "I want his body recovered, if possible."



* In ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'', [[ViolentGlaswegian Magnus Armstrong]] regularly orders mooks to tie up and take the protagonist Cate Archer alive. The minions appear to be GenreSavvy, as they regularly ask [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim why they don't just kill her]].

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* In ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'', [[ViolentGlaswegian Magnus Armstrong]] regularly orders mooks to tie up and take the protagonist Cate Archer alive. The minions appear to be GenreSavvy, smart, as they regularly ask [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim why they don't just kill her]].
2nd Jun '17 4:47:42 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. Or, perhaps, he wants to take the hero prisoner for interrogation. 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. Or, perhaps, Maybe he wants to take the hero prisoner for interrogation.interrogation. Or, perhaps, he wants to make an example of the hero. He announces to his minions, "I want them alive!"
16th May '17 6:20:03 PM jccw227
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* In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Dr. Facilier contacts his friends on the other side to find and capture the escaped Prince Naveen. Since his blood was necessary for his scheme, Facilier told them that Naveen needed to be brought back alive... for the moment, anyway.
11th May '17 9:19:55 PM AthenaBlue
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* Cade gives the order to capture Shua alive at the start of ''Animation/SkyBlue''.

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* Cade gives the order to capture Shua alive at the start of ''Animation/SkyBlue''.
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* Cade gives the order to capture Shua alive at the start of ''Animation/SkyBlue''.



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Darth Vader from ''Franchise/StarWars'' is fond of this.
** In ''Film/ANewHope'', to his men on Leia's ship: "...and bring me the passengers, I want them alive!"
** In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', to the bounty hunters:
--->"You are free to use any methods necessary, but I want them alive. [Vader points at Boba Fett] ''[[NoodleIncident No disintegrations]]''!"\\
''[Fett looks down dejectedly]'' "As you wish."

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* Darth Vader from ''Franchise/StarWars'' ''Film/BabylonAD'': While we don't see the bad guy in question actually giving the order, this is fond definitely in play when a group of this.
** In ''Film/ANewHope'',
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 men on Leia's ship: "...and bring me own because he recognizes one of the passengers, mercs.
-->'''Mercenary:''' [''says something in Russian'']\\
'''Toorop:''' No shit, Karl! If you wanted me dead you would have [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill blown up the building]]!
* The opening scene of ''Film/{{Banlieue 13}}'', thus allowing for a cool scene of LeParkour.
* 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 them alive!"
him taken alive. I repeat, any man who opens fire on Jack Napier shall answer to me.
* In the first ''Film/{{Blade}}'' movie, after spending the entire movie trying to kill Blade, [[BigBad Frost]] realizes he needs him alive for his plan.
-->'''Frost:''' Bring me Blade -- alive.\\
'''[[TheDragon Quinn]]:''' [[DoubleTake Wait, what]]?
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' with Edward Longshanks. "Bring me Wallace. Alive if possible. Dead... just as good."
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
** In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Gambol's response to the bounty hunters:
--->"You are free to use any methods necessary, but
Joker flouting the Mob's 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, did that end horribly.
** Also used by Gordon, except from a heroic rather than villainous perspective. "I
want them Lau alive. [Vader points at Boba Fett] ''[[NoodleIncident No disintegrations]]''!"\\
''[Fett looks down dejectedly]'' "As you wish."
The Joker, either way." Note that this was because Lau was going to testify against the Gotham mob, which may have finally ended their power. [[spoiler:Becomes a moot point when the Joker sets the mob's money ''and'' Lau on fire, and then kills the other mob bosses.]]



* Averted in ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993'', with 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!"
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Lord Cutler Beckett, in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' to Davy Jones: "We need prisoners to interrogate, which tends to work best when they're alive."
** Will in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first film]] is one of the few characters to use this trope to his advantage. Though in his case, Barbossa didn't know it was specifically Will he needed alive until he told him.
* In TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', The Wicked Witch Of The West takes the "extra sadism" route: "Do what you want with the others, but I want [Dorothy and Toto] alive and unharmed!" Possibly justified in that she thinks it's necessary that way to get the Ruby Slippers.

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* Averted A good example in ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993'', with Creator/TimCurry's Cardinal Richelieu declaring ''Film/{{Eraser}}''. After [[BrokenBase DeGuerin]] frames [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Kruger]] as a bounty on traitor, Chief Beller tells him to find and bring Kruger back. [=DeGuerin=] agrees. Then Beller points out that he wants Kruger alive, suspecting something in [=DeGuerin=]'s behavior. Naturally, [=DeGuerin=] has no intention of Kruger being alive to reveal the titular Musketeers: "One thousand gold pieces on each of their heads, dead or alive!" (Steps away, then returns) "...I prefer dead!"
truth about him.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Lord Cutler Beckett, in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' to Davy Jones: "We need prisoners to interrogate, which tends to work best when they're alive."
** Will in
''Film/TheFlyII'': After Martin Brundle mutates into the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first film]] is one [[OneWingedAngel Martinfly]], [[BigBad Bartok]] tells the security detail that he wants Martin captured alive, because only Martin knows the password to the Telepods. However, after quite a few people fall to the Martinfly, the head of the few characters security detail decides to use this trope to his advantage. Though in his case, Barbossa didn't know it was specifically Will he needed alive until he told him.
* In TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', The Wicked Witch Of The West takes the "extra sadism" route: "Do what you want with the others, but I want [Dorothy
simply gun Martin down, and Toto] alive and unharmed!" Possibly justified in that she thinks it's necessary that way to get the Ruby Slippers.even threatens Bartok at gunpoint when he objects.



* In ''Film/TheMask,'' [[BigBad Dorian Tyrell]] offers fifty thousand dollars to anyone who can find the titular Mask character... and bring him in the next day alive, so Tyrell can find out where The Mask took the money from a bank robbery.
* In ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'', this is a case of PragmaticVillainy when Skeletor's lead mercenary Karg starts yelling at the other mercenaries who are shooting and throwing things at Julie not to kill her because they need her alive for questioning; she's one of the few people on Earth who might have any idea where the McGuffin they've been sent to retrieve is.



* ''Film/TheFlyII'': After Martin Brundle mutates into the [[OneWingedAngel Martinfly]], [[BigBad Bartok]] tells the security detail that he wants Martin captured alive, because only Martin knows the password to the Telepods. However, after quite a few people fall to the Martinfly, the head of the security detail decides to simply gun Martin down, and even threatens Bartok at gunpoint when he objects.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' with Edward Longshanks. "Bring me Wallace. Alive if possible. Dead... just as good."

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* ''Film/TheFlyII'': After Martin Brundle mutates into ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': In ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'' when Sauraman sends the [[OneWingedAngel Martinfly]], [[BigBad Bartok]] Uruk-Hai out to battle, he tells the security detail leader that "one of the halflings [hobbits] carries something of great importance" so he wants Martin captured them alive "and unspoiled." Luckily, (for Merry and Pippin) the leader doesn't know he has the wrong hobbits.
* In ''Film/TheMask'', [[BigBad Dorian Tyrell]] offers fifty thousand dollars to anyone who can find the titular Mask character... and bring him in the next day
alive, so Tyrell can find out where The Mask took the money from a bank robbery.
* In ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'', this is a case of PragmaticVillainy when Skeletor's lead mercenary Karg starts yelling at the other mercenaries who are shooting and throwing things at Julie not to kill her
because only Martin knows they need her alive for questioning; she's one of the password to the Telepods. However, after quite a few people fall on Earth who might have any idea where the McGuffin they've been sent to retrieve is.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Lord Cutler Beckett, in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' to Davy Jones: "We need prisoners to interrogate, which tends to work best when they're alive."
** Will in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first film]] is one of the few characters to use this trope to his advantage. Though in his case, Barbossa didn't know it was specifically Will he needed alive until he told him.
* Averted in ''Film/{{Riddick}}''; the bounty on him is worth twice as much if he's dead (presumably because he's more trouble alive). Fortunately the leader of one of the bounty-hunting teams has his own reasons for wanting Riddick alive and talking.
* 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!
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Darth Vader is fond of this.
** In ''Film/ANewHope'', to his men on Leia's ship: "...and bring me the passengers, I want them alive!"
** In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'',
to the Martinfly, the head of the security detail decides bounty hunters:
--->'''Vader:''' You are free
to simply gun Martin down, and even threatens Bartok use any methods necessary, but I want them alive. ''[points at gunpoint when he objects.
Boba Fett]'' ''[[NoodleIncident No disintegrations]]''!\\
'''Fett:''' ''[looks down dejectedly]'' As you wish.
* Subverted Averted in ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993'', with Edward Longshanks. "Bring me Wallace. Alive if possible. Dead... just as good."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!"



* The opening scene of ''Film/{{Banlieue 13}}'', thus allowing for a cool scene of LeParkour.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
** Gambol's response to the Joker flouting the Mob's 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, did that end horribly.
** Also used by Gordon, except from a heroic rather than villainous perspective. "I want Lau alive. The Joker, either way." Note that this was because Lau was going to testify against the Gotham mob, which may have finally ended their power. [[spoiler:Becomes a moot point when the Joker sets the mob's money ''and'' Lau on fire, and then kills the other mob bosses.]]
* In the first ''Film/{{Blade}}'' movie, after spending the entire movie trying to kill Blade, [[BigBad Frost]] realizes he needs him alive for his plan.
-->'''Frost:''' Bring me Blade--alive.
-->'''[[TheDragon Quinn]]:''' [[DoubleTake Wait, what]]?
* In ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'' when Sauraman sends the Uruk-Hai out to battle, he tells the leader that "one of the halflings [hobbits] carries something of great importance" so he wants them alive "and unspoiled." Luckily, (for Merry and Pippin) the leader doesn't know he has the wrong hobbits.
* A good example in ''Film/{{Eraser}}''. After [[BrokenBase DeGuerin]] frames [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Kruger]] as a traitor, Chief Beller tells him to find and bring Kruger back. [=DeGuerin=] agrees. Then Beller points out that he wants Kruger alive, suspecting something in [=DeGuerin=]'s behavior. Naturally, [=DeGuerin=] has no intention of Kruger being alive to reveal the truth about him.
* Averted in ''Film/{{Riddick}}''; the bounty on him is worth twice as much if he's dead (presumably because he's more trouble alive). Fortunately the leader of one of the bounty-hunting teams has his own reasons for wanting Riddick alive and talking.

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* In TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', The opening scene of ''Film/{{Banlieue 13}}'', thus allowing for a cool scene of LeParkour.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
** Gambol's response to
Wicked Witch Of The West takes the Joker flouting the Mob's 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, did that end horribly.
** Also used by Gordon, except from a heroic rather than villainous perspective. "I
"extra sadism" route: "Do what you want Lau alive. The Joker, either way." Note that this was because Lau was going to testify against with the Gotham mob, which may have finally ended their power. [[spoiler:Becomes a moot point when the Joker sets the mob's money ''and'' Lau on fire, others, but I want [Dorothy and then kills the other mob bosses.]]
* In the first ''Film/{{Blade}}'' movie, after spending the entire movie trying to kill Blade, [[BigBad Frost]] realizes he needs him alive for his plan.
-->'''Frost:''' Bring me Blade--alive.
-->'''[[TheDragon Quinn]]:''' [[DoubleTake Wait, what]]?
* In ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'' when Sauraman sends the Uruk-Hai out to battle, he tells the leader that "one of the halflings [hobbits] carries something of great importance" so he wants them alive "and unspoiled." Luckily, (for Merry and Pippin) the leader doesn't know he has the wrong hobbits.
* A good example in ''Film/{{Eraser}}''. After [[BrokenBase DeGuerin]] frames [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Kruger]] as a traitor, Chief Beller tells him to find and bring Kruger back. [=DeGuerin=] agrees. Then Beller points out that he wants Kruger alive, suspecting something in [=DeGuerin=]'s behavior. Naturally, [=DeGuerin=] has no intention of Kruger being alive to reveal the truth about him.
* Averted in ''Film/{{Riddick}}''; the bounty on him is worth twice as much if he's dead (presumably because he's more trouble alive). Fortunately the leader of one of the bounty-hunting teams has his own reasons for wanting Riddick
Toto] alive and talking.unharmed!" Possibly justified in that she thinks it's necessary that way to get the Ruby Slippers.



-->'''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.
* 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.
* 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!
* ''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]]!

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-->'''Trask:''' And I want her. [[ForScience For research purposes, of course]].
-->'''Nixon:'''
course.]]\\
'''Nixon:'''
I don't care who you screw, as long as it's not me.
* 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.
* 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!
* ''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]]!
me.



* The titular VillainProtagonist of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' uses the NobleDemon variant as his BattleButler leaves to deal with the RedshirtArmy:
-->'''Artemis:''' I prefer scared to dead. If possible.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian novel ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', Valerius inverts it:
-->''You all know the Countess Albiona. Search for her, and if you find her, kill her and her companion instantly. Do not try to take them alive.''
** In "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn" Constantius orders it for Conan.



* Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium:
** Saruman does this off page with the Uruk-Hai in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''. He wants the hobbits that they capture alive because he believes that one of them is carrying the One Ring that Saruman wants, and he fears that if the orcs killed the hobbits and searched the corpses, one of them might realize just how powerful an item they have in their hands and try to claim it for their own rather than bringing it back to their master. The hobbits are also wanted alive so they can be interrogated. The leaders of both Saruman's and Sauron's orcs say as much. In both the books and TheMovie, the orcs have orders to bring them back "Alive and as captured; no spoiling."
** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'':
*** Morgoth and his then minion Sauron order for several characters to be taken alive, although in these cases it's because they either act as hostages for their allies or know very classified information.
*** Morgoth also occasionally orders his forces to bring random people back alive, so they can then be horribly tortured. This is for two reasons: first Morgoth really likes torturing people, and second is that their screams will have a demoralizing affect on their allies.
*** The biggest example is when Hurin is the last human survivor in a battle, and Morgoth orders his army to take him alive, because he knows the [[HiddenElfVillage location of Gondolin]]. He picks up an axe and [[OneManArmy kills seventy orcs and trolls]] before he is finally taken.

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* Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium:
** Saruman does this off page with the Uruk-Hai
The titular doctor of ''Literature/DrFranklinsIsland'' turns animals and people into strange hybrids, some of which survive in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''. He wants the hobbits very twisted forms. It's stated early on that they capture alive because he believes that one doesn't like to have any of them deliberately killed. So when there's a jailbreak, his security has a hard time.
-->''No!'' Don't shoot to kill! Don't damage them! I want them alive! ''[[FamousLastWords I haven't finished with them!]]'
* Both used and averted in ''Literature/TheExecutioner'' novels by Don Pendleton. The hero Mack Bolan
is carrying a OneManArmy conducting his personal war against the One Ring Mafia. On one occasion a mob boss demands that Saruman wants, and he fears that if the orcs killed the hobbits and searched the corpses, one of them might realize just how powerful an item they have in their hands and try to claim it for their own rather than bringing it back to their master. The hobbits are also wanted alive so they can be interrogated. The leaders of both Saruman's and Sauron's orcs say as much. In both the books and TheMovie, the orcs have orders to bring them back "Alive and as captured; no spoiling."
** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'':
*** Morgoth and his then minion Sauron order for several characters to
Bolan be taken alive, although 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 these cases it's because any condition whatsoever. On another occasion a hitman who's discovered Bolan holed up in a motel tells his mooks that if they either act as hostages for their allies or know very classified information.
*** Morgoth also occasionally orders
find Bolan "in bed with his forces pants down" they're to bring random people back alive, so they can then be horribly tortured. This is for two reasons: first Morgoth really likes torturing people, and second is that their screams will have a demoralizing affect on their allies.
*** The biggest example is when Hurin is the last human survivor in a battle, and Morgoth orders his army to take
capture him, if not just blast him alive, because he knows the [[HiddenElfVillage location of Gondolin]]. He picks up an axe and [[OneManArmy kills seventy orcs and trolls]] before he is finally taken.on sight.



* The titular VillainProtagonist of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' uses the NobleDemon variant as his BattleButler leaves to deal with the RedshirtArmy:
-->'''Artemis:''' I prefer scared to dead. If possible.

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* The titular VillainProtagonist A big part of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' uses the NobleDemon variant as reason why Galbatorix was ultimately defeated by Eragon and Saphira in ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. Had he wanted to, he could have easily had them snuffed out like candles, or done so himself, well before the fourth book. But no, he was hoping to break their will and turn them to his BattleButler leaves side, hoping to deal with use Saphira (whom he believed to be the RedshirtArmy:
-->'''Artemis:''' I prefer scared
last female dragon), to dead. If possible.establish a new line of Riders.
* This is a common statement by vermin commanders in the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' books that are either looking to take prisoners or make examples.



* Both used and averted in ''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.
* Subverted a couple of times in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse:

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* Both used and averted in ''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.
* Subverted
''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' subverts this a couple of times in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse:times:



** The EU seems to have established that as long as it's not explicitly stated, you don't have to bring back your bounty target alive...but you tend to be paid a lot better if you do. But if the target is dangerous enough and/or the bonus for a live capture isn't large enough, more pragmatic bounty hunters will opt to just kill them.

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** The EU seems to have established that as long as it's not explicitly stated, you don't have to bring back your bounty target alive... but you tend to be paid a lot better if you do. But if the target is dangerous enough and/or the bonus for a live capture isn't large enough, more pragmatic bounty hunters will opt to just kill them.



* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian novel ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', Valerius inverts it:
-->''You all know the Countess Albiona. Search for her, and if you find her, kill her and her companion instantly. Do not try to take them alive.''
** In "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn" Constantius orders it for Conan.
* A big part of the reason why Galbatorix was ultimately defeated by Eragon and Saphira in ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. Had he wanted to, he could have easily had them snuffed out like candles, or done so himself, well before the fourth book. But no, he was hoping to break their will and turn them to his side, hoping to use Saphira (whom he believed to be the last female dragon), to establish a new line of Riders.
* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: Gothon insists that Ben and Kalak be brought to him alive. [[spoiler:He knows that Kalak is his son, and Lucia has convinced him that sacrificing Ben can bring his dead wife back to life.]]
* This is a common statement by vermin commanders in the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' books that are either looking to take prisoners or make examples.
* The titular doctor of ''Literature/DrFranklinsIsland'' turns animals and people into strange hybrids, some of which survive in very twisted forms. It's stated early on that he doesn't like to have any of them deliberately killed. So when there's a jailbreak, his security has a hard time.
--> ''No!'' Don't shoot to kill! Don't damage them! I want them alive! ''[[FamousLastWords I haven't finished with them!]]''

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian novel ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', Valerius inverts it:
-->''You all know
Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium:
** Saruman does this off page with
the Countess Albiona. Search for her, Uruk-Hai in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''. He wants the hobbits that they capture alive because he believes that one of them is carrying the One Ring that Saruman wants, and he fears that if you find her, kill her the orcs killed the hobbits and her companion instantly. Do not searched the corpses, one of them might realize just how powerful an item they have in their hands and try to take them alive.''
**
claim it for their own rather than bringing it back to their master. The hobbits are also wanted alive so they can be interrogated. The leaders of both Saruman's and Sauron's orcs say as much. In "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn" Constantius both the books and TheMovie, the orcs have orders it for Conan.
* A big part of the reason why Galbatorix was ultimately defeated by Eragon and Saphira in ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. Had he wanted to, he could have easily had
to bring them snuffed out like candles, or done so himself, well before the fourth book. But no, he was hoping back "Alive and as captured; no spoiling."
** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'':
*** Morgoth and his then minion Sauron order for several characters
to break be taken alive, although in these cases it's because they either act as hostages for their allies or know very classified information.
*** Morgoth also occasionally orders his forces to bring random people back alive, so they can then be horribly tortured. This is for two reasons: first Morgoth really likes torturing people, and second is that their screams
will and turn them to his side, hoping to use Saphira (whom he believed to be have a demoralizing affect on their allies.
*** The biggest example is when Hurin is
the last female dragon), human survivor in a battle, and Morgoth orders his army to establish a new line take him alive, because he knows the [[HiddenElfVillage location of Riders.
Gondolin]]. He picks up an axe and [[OneManArmy kills seventy orcs and trolls]] before he is finally taken.
* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': Gothon insists that Ben and Kalak be brought to him alive. [[spoiler:He knows that Kalak is his son, and Lucia has convinced him that sacrificing Ben can bring his dead wife back to life.]]
* This is a common statement by vermin commanders in the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' books that are either looking to take prisoners or make examples.
* The titular doctor of ''Literature/DrFranklinsIsland'' turns animals and people into strange hybrids, some of which survive in very twisted forms. It's stated early on that he doesn't like to have any of them deliberately killed. So when there's a jailbreak, his security has a hard time.
--> ''No!'' Don't shoot to kill! Don't damage them! I want them alive! ''[[FamousLastWords I haven't finished with them!]]''
]]



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* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'s'' fourth season The Beast declines to finish off any of the main characters despite having multiple opportunities to do so. [[spoiler:This turns out to be because Jasmine wants to make them her primary servants once she's born.]]
** This is pretty much the [[BiggerBad Senior Partners']] entire M.O.: Angel will be a big player in the apocalypse, whether for good or for evil, and they plan to corrupt him to their side for that. Therefore, no matter what, ''no one'' at Wolfram & Hart is allowed to even try to kill him, though that doesn't stop some of their flunkies from trying (and failing) to do so.
*** [[spoiler:In the comic continuation ''After the Fall'', they even go so far as to hit the ResetButton to undo all of the time that L.A. was in hell when Angel is killed by a [[FaceHeelTurn now-vampiric]] Gunn... [[BatmanGambit which is exactly what Angel expected them to do.]]]]
* In the season one finale of ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael uses the knowledge that his pursuers need him alive to take himself hostage and force them to let his family go.



* In the season one finale of ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael uses the knowledge that his pursuers need him alive to take himself hostage and force them to let his family go.



* 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."
* ''Series/TheManFromUncle''. Our heroes aren't happy to be given these orders in "The Mad Mad Tea Party Affair".
-->'''Waverly:''' It's vital we find out why he did what he did. Therefore should the attacker strike again, you must take him alive, and unharmed. That is mandatory.\\'''Solo:''' [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe Well you mean, don't shoot unless he shoots first?]]\\
'''Waverly:''' I mean, Mr. Solo, don't shoot at all.
* Surprisingly averted by Apophis (usually the most cliché of bad guys) in the season 1 finale of ''Series/StargateSG1''. Klorel, son of Apophis, discovers Teal'c and O'Neill hiding out on his ship. When Klorel asks if Apophis wants them alive, Apophis quickly states that Klorel should kill them both, quickly. The GenreSavvy didn't help, though.



* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'s'' fourth season The Beast declines to finish off any of the main characters despite having multiple opportunities to do so. [[spoiler:This turns out to be because Jasmine wants to make them her primary servants once she's born.]]
** This is pretty much the [[BiggerBad Senior Partners']] entire M.O.: Angel will be a big player in the apocalypse, whether for good or for evil, and they plan to corrupt him to their side for that. Therefore, no matter what, ''no one'' at Wolfram & Hart is allowed to even try to kill him, though that doesn't stop some of their flunkies from trying (and failing) to do so.
*** [[spoiler:In the comic continuation ''After the Fall'', they even go so far as to hit the ResetButton to undo all of the time that L.A. was in hell when Angel is killed by a [[FaceHeelTurn now-vampiric]] Gunn... [[BatmanGambit which is exactly what Angel expected them to do.]]]]
* Surprisingly averted by Apophis (usually the most cliche of bad guys) in the season 1 finale of Series/StargateSG1. Klorel, son of Apophis, discovers Teal'c and O'Neill hiding out on his ship. When Klorel asks if Apophis wants them alive, Apophis quickly states that Klorel should kill them both, quickly. The GenreSavvy didn't help, though.
* 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."
* ''Series/TheManFromUncle''. Our heroes aren't happy to be given these orders in 'The Mad Mad Tea Party Affair'.
-->'''Waverly:''' It's vital we find out why he did what he did. Therefore should the attacker strike again, you must take him alive, and unharmed. That is mandatory.
-->'''Solo:''' [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe Well you mean, don't shoot unless he shoots first?]]
-->'''Waverly:''' I mean Mr Solo, don't shoot at all.



* A variation of this trope occurs in Franchise/{{Pokemon}}. To catch a Pokémon, you must first weaken it, than throw a Pokeball at it. The catch is, if you go too far and hurt the Pokémon too much, it will faint and you will not be able to catch it. It it very frustrating trying to catch a shiny/legendary Pokémon, and hurt it too much. You might have another chance to catch a legendary, but a shiny is almost impossible to find, making them rarer than legendarys.
* A GenreSavvy variation of this trope occurs in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' - "Spare the asari if you can. If not, it doesn't matter."
** A second even more GenreSavvy one comes from the second game - "I want his body recovered, if possible."
* In ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'', [[ViolentGlaswegian Magnus Armstrong]] regularly orders mooks to tie up and take the protagonist Cate Archer alive. The minions appear to be GenreSavvy, as they regularly ask [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim why they don't just kill her]].
** [[ApeShallNeverKillApe A Scot doesn't kill a Scot]]... at least in this game.
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'', crime boss Goto has posted a substantial bounty on Jedi, with an IWantThemAlive stipulation attached. This causes a legion of bounty hunters to pursue the protagonist in order to collect on the bounty... and almost none of them bother even trying for a "live capture".
** The irony here is that Goto actually wants a Jedi brought to him [[JustifiedTrope so they can work for him]], which deadness kind of precludes.
*** He really doesn't care though: as he puts it, "A true Jedi would have no trouble surviving such attacks...and if you could not then would be useless to me."

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* A variation ''VideoGame/TheAmazingSpiderMan'': [[TheUnseen Norman Osborn]] tells the guards of this trope occurs in Franchise/{{Pokemon}}. To catch a Pokémon, Oscorp to capture Spider-Man alive, but the guards are also informed that "if you must first weaken it, than throw a Pokeball at it. The catch is, if you go too far and hurt the Pokémon too much, it will faint and you will not be able to catch it. It it very frustrating trying to catch a shiny/legendary Pokémon, and hurt it too much. You might have another chance to catch a legendary, but a shiny is almost impossible to find, making them rarer than legendarys.
* A GenreSavvy variation
accidentally load your guns with bullets instead of this trope occurs in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' - "Spare the asari if you can. If not, it doesn't matter.tranqs, well... oops."
** A second even * [[spoiler:Malia Gedde]] in ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight: Sins of the Fathers'' leaves a message for [[spoiler:Doctor John: "Keep eyes on GK but do not harm."]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', the bounty [[spoiler:the Komato]] put on Iji's head has three conditions: a low bounty for total destruction, a bounty
more GenreSavvy one comes from the second game - "I want his body recovered, if possible."
* In ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'', [[ViolentGlaswegian Magnus Armstrong]] regularly orders mooks to tie up and take the protagonist Cate Archer alive. The minions appear to be GenreSavvy, as they regularly ask [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim why
than an order of magnitude higher for preserving her equipment (as her Nanogun is an example of technology they don't just kill her]].
** [[ApeShallNeverKillApe A Scot doesn't kill
have and want), and a Scot]]... at least in this game.
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'', crime boss Goto has posted a substantial
bounty on Jedi, with an IWantThemAlive stipulation attached. This causes a legion of bounty hunters to pursue the protagonist in order to collect on the bounty... and almost none of them bother even trying fifty times ''that'' for a "live capture".
** The irony here is that Goto actually wants a Jedi brought to him [[JustifiedTrope so they can work
taking her alive. [[spoiler:Asha, while an arrogant bastard, will settle for him]], which deadness kind of precludes.
*** He really doesn't care though: as he puts it, "A true Jedi would have no trouble surviving such attacks...and if you could not then would be useless to me."
dead.]]



-->'''Jak''': [[spoiler:Krew]]'s dead.
-->'''Sig''': Yeah? Well he's lucky! 'Cause he would ''not'' want me to catch him alive!
* The ''{{Mercenaries}}'' series encourages this. While your contacts don't have a problem with you killing high value targets, they pay you double if you manage to capture them alive.
** Which only makes sense, as your targets are high-value military personnel who most likely have information wanted by the guys paying you to capture them.
* In ''VideoGame/MischiefMakers'', the Beastector are told to bring in Marina and the Prof alive. They misinterpret this as dead.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', the bounty [[spoiler:the Komato]] put on Iji's head has three conditions: a low bounty for total destruction, a bounty more than an order of magnitude higher for preserving her equipment (as her Nanogun is an example of technology they don't have and want), and a bounty fifty times ''that'' for taking her alive. [[spoiler:Asha, while an arrogant bastard, will settle for dead.]]

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-->'''Jak''': [[spoiler:Krew]]'s dead.
-->'''Sig''':
[[spoiler:Krew's]] dead.\\
'''Sig''':
Yeah? Well he's lucky! 'Cause he would ''not'' want me to catch him alive!
* The ''{{Mercenaries}}'' series encourages this. While your contacts don't have a problem with you killing high value targets, they pay you double if you manage to capture them alive.
** Which only makes sense, as your targets are high-value military personnel who most likely have information wanted by the guys paying you to capture them.
* In ''VideoGame/MischiefMakers'', the Beastector are told to bring in Marina and the Prof alive. They misinterpret this as dead.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', the bounty [[spoiler:the Komato]] put on Iji's head has three conditions: a low bounty for total destruction, a bounty more than an order of magnitude higher for preserving her equipment (as her Nanogun is an example of technology they don't have and want), and a bounty fifty times ''that'' for taking her alive. [[spoiler:Asha, while an arrogant bastard, will settle for dead.]]
alive!



* The player in ''VideoGame/{{XCOM}}'' often finds himself in the position of issuing this order whenever the squad identifies an alien with useful knowledge.

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* The player in ''VideoGame/{{XCOM}}'' often finds himself in the position A GenreSavvy variation of issuing this order whenever trope occurs in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' -- "Spare the squad identifies an alien with useful knowledge.asari if you can. If not, it doesn't matter."
** A second even more GenreSavvy one comes from the second game -- "I want his body recovered, if possible."



* ''VideoGame/TheAmazingSpiderMan'': [[TheUnseen Norman Osborn]] tells the guards of Oscorp to capture Spider-Man alive, but the guards are also informed that "if you accidentally load your guns with bullets instead of tranqs, well... oops."

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* ''VideoGame/TheAmazingSpiderMan'': [[TheUnseen Norman Osborn]] tells the guards of Oscorp The ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}'' series encourages this. While your contacts don't have a problem with you killing high value targets, they pay you double if you manage to capture Spider-Man them alive.
** Which only makes sense, as your targets are high-value military personnel who most likely have information wanted by the guys paying you to capture them.
* In ''VideoGame/MischiefMakers'', the Beastector are told to bring in Marina and the Prof alive. They misinterpret this as dead.
* In ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'', [[ViolentGlaswegian Magnus Armstrong]] regularly orders mooks to tie up and take the protagonist Cate Archer alive. The minions appear to be GenreSavvy, as they regularly ask [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim why they don't just kill her]].
** [[ApeShallNeverKillApe A Scot doesn't kill a Scot]]... at least in this game.
* A variation of this trope occurs in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. To catch a Pokémon, you must first weaken it, than throw a Pokeball at it. The catch is, if you go too far and hurt the Pokémon too much, it will faint and you will not be able to catch it. It it very frustrating trying to catch a shiny/legendary Pokémon, and hurt it too much. You might have another chance to catch a legendary, but a shiny is almost impossible to find, making them rarer than legendaries.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'', crime boss Goto has posted a substantial bounty on Jedi, with an IWantThemAlive stipulation attached. This causes a legion of bounty hunters to pursue the protagonist in order to collect on the bounty... and almost none of them bother even trying for a "live capture".
*** The irony here is that Goto actually wants a Jedi brought to him [[JustifiedTrope so they can work for him]], which deadness kind of precludes.
*** He really doesn't care, though: as he puts it, "A true Jedi would have no trouble surviving such attacks... and if you could not then you would be useless to me."
** ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' has Darth Vader tell his men, "Take them
alive, but the guards are also informed that "if you accidentally load your guns with bullets instead of tranqs, well... oops." The Emperor wants to execute them personally."



* [[spoiler:Malia Gedde]] in ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight: Sins of the Fathers'' leaves a message for [[spoiler:Doctor John: "Keep eyes on GK but do not harm."]]
* ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' has Darth Vader tell his men, "Take them alive, The Emperor wants to execute them personally."

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* [[spoiler:Malia Gedde]] The player in ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight: Sins of ''VideoGame/{{XCOM}}'' often finds himself in the Fathers'' leaves a message for [[spoiler:Doctor John: "Keep eyes on GK but do not harm."]]
* ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' has Darth Vader tell his men, "Take them alive, The Emperor wants to execute them personally."
position of issuing this order whenever the squad identifies an alien with useful knowledge.



* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': During the "That Which Redeems" arc, Horribus insists that Torg be taken alive so that Horribus can rip out his soul and torture it for all eternity.
* [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Ferretina's]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080130 reaction]] to Othar Tryggvassen, GentlemanAdventurer.



-->'''Rayner''': "Bring him in, dead or alive, whatever. It would be cool if I could kill him myself, but you know... whatever."

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-->'''Rayner''': "Bring Bring him in, dead or alive, whatever. It would be cool if I could kill him myself, but you know... whatever."



-->'''Commander Schaefer''': Yes. And the doctors say that if he ever ''wakes up'', he might just have enough of his ''brain'' left to answer our questions.
-->'''Lothar''': [[CompletelyMissingThePoint There, you see? I don't know what you're all bitching at me for.]]

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-->'''Commander Schaefer''': Yes. And the doctors say that if he ever ''wakes up'', he might just have enough of his ''brain'' left to answer our questions.
-->'''Lothar''':
questions.\\
'''Lothar''':
[[CompletelyMissingThePoint There, you see? I don't know what you're all bitching at me for.]]]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Ferretina's [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080130 reaction]] to Othar Tryggvassen, GentlemanAdventurer.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': During the "That Which Redeems" arc, Horribus insists that Torg be taken alive so that Horribus can rip out his soul and torture it for all eternity.



* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', when approaching the fort Kanan and Ezra are hiding in, the Inquisitor tells his squad of stormtroopers to "Keep them contained. I want them alive."

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', when approaching the fort Kanan Also Justified in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers''. [[BigBad The Queen]] is ''very'' specific about making sure any humans are brought to her "alive and Ezra are hiding in, the Inquisitor tells his squad of stormtroopers to "Keep them contained. I want them alive."undamaged". Otherwise, they can't be [[LifeEnergy used]] [[SoulJar to]] [[PoweredByAForsakenChild power]] [[AndIMustScream her]] [[FateWorseThanDeath Slaverlords]].



-->'''Xin Fu:''' She's wanted - dead or alive.
-->'''[[OddCouple Master Yu]]:''' No she's not! I'm certain her father wants her alive!

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-->'''Xin Fu:''' She's wanted - -- dead or alive.
-->'''[[OddCouple
alive.\\
'''[[OddCouple
Master Yu]]:''' No she's not! I'm certain her father wants her alive!



* Also Justified in ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]''. [[BigBad The Queen]] is ''very'' specific about making sure any humans are brought to her "alive and undamaged." Otherwise, they can't be [[LifeEnergy used]] [[SoulJar to]] [[PoweredByAForsakenChild power]] [[AndIMustScream her]] [[FateWorseThanDeath Slaverlords]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Livewire busts Parasite out of jail, wanting him to drain Superman so she can take him down. He complies, but when she moves in for the kill, Parasite betrays her because Superman is much more useful to him as a live prisoner... and so is she.


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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E07GatheringForces "Gathering Forces"]]: When approaching the fort Kanan and Ezra are hiding in, the Inquisitor tells his squad of stormtroopers to "Keep them contained. I want them alive."
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E11CallToAction "Call to Action"]]: Tarkin tells the Inquisitor he wants the Jedi leader of the rebels on Lothal alive.
--->'''Tarkin:''' And remember, I want this Jedi ''alive''.
** [[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]].]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Livewire busts Parasite out of jail, wanting him to drain Superman so she can take him down. He complies, but when she moves in for the kill, Parasite betrays her because Superman is much more useful to him as a live prisoner... and so is she.


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* The player in ''VideoGame/{{X-COM}}'' often finds himself in the position of issuing this order whenever the squad identifies an alien with useful knowledge.

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* The player in ''VideoGame/{{X-COM}}'' ''VideoGame/{{XCOM}}'' often finds himself in the position of issuing this order whenever the squad identifies an alien with useful knowledge.
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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.
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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.
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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]]!
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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.
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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.
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