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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:
11th Sep '17 11:14:49 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series' mythology provides a non-outright-villainous example. In the old [[HornyVikings Nordic]] religious tradition, Stuhn (their aspect of Stendarr, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Aedric Divine]] God of Mercy and Justice), was a [[BodyguardingABadass shield-thane]] to Shor (their aspect of [[GodIsDead Lorkhan]]), who was a "bloodthirsty warrior king". Stuhn was specifically the [[OddJobGods god of taking prisoners alive for ransom]].

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
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series' mythology provides a non-outright-villainous example. In the old [[HornyVikings Nordic]] religious tradition, Stuhn (their aspect of Stendarr, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Aedric Divine]] God of Mercy and Justice), was a [[BodyguardingABadass shield-thane]] to Shor (their aspect of [[GodIsDead Lorkhan]]), who was a "bloodthirsty warrior king". Stuhn was specifically the [[OddJobGods god of taking prisoners alive for ransom]].ransom]].
** In the ''Battlespire'' DungeonCrawler spin-off game, Morphoid Daedra are an intelligent race of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] found in service to BigBad [[DestroyerDeity Mehrunes Dagon]]. Conversing with one reveals that they were ordered by their [[EliteMooks Xivilai]] commander to take the [[PlayerCharacter Hero of Battlespire]] alive, presumably to extract information via ColdBloodedTorture.
--> '''Morphoid Daedra''': ''""I hear you are quite the little fireball. They say for us to capture you alive. I tend to get excited in a fight, so please remind me about the ALIVE part if I seem to get too excited."''
26th Aug '17 2:45:41 AM SeptimusHeap
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** In ''ShadowsOfTheEmpire'', the main antagonist Xizor orders the ''Millennium Falcon'' destroyed: "If you can disable it and capture the crew and passengers, that would also be acceptable."

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** In ''ShadowsOfTheEmpire'', ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire'', the main antagonist Xizor orders the ''Millennium Falcon'' destroyed: "If you can disable it and capture the crew and passengers, that would also be acceptable."
24th Aug '17 12:33:37 PM CosmicFerret
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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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* The season two BigBad Zoom in ''Series/TheFlash'' ''Series/TheFlash2014'' 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.
9th Aug '17 11:55:35 AM kataangluvr
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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.]] At one point, he electrocuted Teito with the Oath Collar when he attempted to kill himself.
3rd Aug '17 8:54:30 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series' mythology provides a non-outright-villainous example. In the old [[HornyVikings Nordic]] religious tradition, Stuhn (their aspect of Stendarr, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Aedric Divine]] God of Mercy and Justice), was a [[BodyguardingABadass shield-thane]] to Shor (their aspect of [[GodIsDead Lorkhan]]), who was a "bloodthirsty warrior king". Stuhn was specifically the [[OddJobGods god of taking prisoners alive for ransom]].
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