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27th May '16 9:31:00 PM LadyNorbert
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* Reversed in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' during the siege of Central City, when [[spoiler:one of Bradley's men notes that since the rebels include the Flame Alchemist and the Hawk's Eye, they should have bodies piling up everywhere. But Roy and Riza don't want to kill anyone, so they are ''deliberately'' taking non-lethal shots at their enemies... just to drive home this exact point.]]



* Tanizaki Kazuo, the BigBad of ''[[Fanfic/TheDarkLordsOfNerima The Dark Lords Ascendant]]'', claims that knew all about the Sailor Senshi since they first appeared in public, and was observing them in secret ever since. If he wanted to, he could have Usagi hit by a drunk driver on her way to school, or have Makoto die in her sleep from carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty furnace, or have Haruka's bike suffer a catastrophic mechanical failure during one of her races. Of course if he did stoop to that, Pharaoh 90 or Sailor Galaxia would've stomped on the world long ago, a fact that [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy he is very much aware of]].

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* Tanizaki Kazuo, the BigBad of ''[[Fanfic/TheDarkLordsOfNerima The Dark Lords Ascendant]]'', claims that knew all about the Sailor Senshi since they first appeared in public, and was observing them in secret ever since. If he wanted to, he could have Usagi hit by a drunk driver on her way to school, or have Makoto die in her sleep from carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty furnace, or have Haruka's bike suffer a catastrophic mechanical failure during one of her races. Of course course, if he did stoop to that, Pharaoh 90 or Sailor Galaxia would've stomped on the world long ago, a of which fact that [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy he is very much aware of]].aware]].



* The ArcVillain of ''[[Fanfic/{{Cinderjuice}} Sleeping Beetle]]'' notes to himself that he very much does not want to kill Lydia and is going to do whatever it takes to keep her alive, because she's of no use to him dead.



* ''Film/TheGodfather'' has Virgil Solozzo telling Tom to: "Come on get in the car. What are you worried about? If I wanted to kill you, you'd be dead already."

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* ''Film/TheGodfather'' has Virgil Solozzo telling Tom to: Tom, "Come on on, get in the car. What are you worried about? If I wanted to kill you, you'd be dead already."



'''Harry Callahan:''' ''If I tried that your head would be splattered all over this field.''

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'''Harry Callahan:''' ''If I tried that that, your head would be splattered all over this field.''



* Used to a point on ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', where Fezzik misses the Man in Black's head with his rock on purpose, so they can fight it out sportsman-like.
* In the Russian film "D'Artagnan and three musketeers" the titular hero accuses [[TheVamp Milady de Winter]] of shooting him when he was riding a horse. She responds with scorn, that "If I'd been shooting you, you'd have been dead. I was shooting your horse!"

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* Used to a point on in ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', where when Fezzik misses the Man in Black's head with his rock on purpose, so they can fight it out sportsman-like.
"sportsman-like."
* In the Russian film "D'Artagnan ''D'Artagnan and three musketeers" the Three Musketeers,'' the titular hero accuses [[TheVamp Milady de Winter]] of shooting him when he was riding a horse. She responds with scorn, scorn that "If I'd been shooting you, you'd have been dead. I was shooting your horse!"



'''Russian:''' (Accepts this and joins the party)

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'''Russian:''' (Accepts *Accepts this and joins the party)party*



--> '''Baron:''' ''(to Feyd)'' ...and don't get any ideas. my men have you in their sights even as we speak. ''(laughs)'' Oh,don't worry. If I'd wanted you dead you'd never have made it down the hall.''

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--> '''Baron:''' ''(to Feyd)'' ...and don't get any ideas. my men have you in their sights even as we speak. ''(laughs)'' Oh,don't Oh, don't worry. If I'd wanted you dead you'd never have made it down the hall.''



* ''Film/CloudAtlas''. IntrepidReporter Luisa Ray survives an assassination attempt, sneaks into her flat to clean herself up only to find a ScaryBlackMan employed by the CorruptCorporateExecutive she's investigating HandGagging her and saying this line. Luisa responds by headbutting him, then holding a knife to his throat and [[RepeatAfterMe repeating the line herself]]. The man approves of her spunk as he's an old war buddy of Luisa's late father and has come to help.

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* ''Film/CloudAtlas''. In ''Film/CloudAtlas'', IntrepidReporter Luisa Ray survives an assassination attempt, then sneaks into her flat to clean herself up - only to find a ScaryBlackMan employed by the CorruptCorporateExecutive she's investigating HandGagging her and saying this line. Luisa responds by headbutting him, then holding a knife to his throat and [[RepeatAfterMe repeating the line herself]]. The man approves of her spunk spunk, as he's an old war buddy of Luisa's late father and has come to help.



* ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop''. DaChief points out to Axel that his friend was killed by professionals "otherwise your brains would be splattered alongside his". Justified -- both Axel and his friend were knocked out by the killers, who then put a single bullet in the head of Axel's friend. As Axel hadn't seen their faces (and they didn't know he was a policeman) they left him alone.
* In the climax of ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', the group gets [[spoiler: ambushed by a pack of [[RaptorAttack Velociraptors]] who [[MamaBear want their]] [[PapaWolf stolen eggs back]]]]. Alan Grant points out that [[spoiler: the raptors would've killed them outright if they'd wanted to]].

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* ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop''. In ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'', DaChief points out to Axel that his friend was killed by professionals "otherwise professionals. "Otherwise, your brains would be splattered alongside his". his." Justified -- both Axel and his friend were knocked out by the killers, who then put a single bullet in the head of Axel's friend. As Axel hadn't seen their faces (and they didn't know he was a policeman) policeman), they left him alone.
* In the climax of ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', the group gets [[spoiler: ambushed by a pack of [[RaptorAttack Velociraptors]] who [[MamaBear want their]] [[PapaWolf stolen eggs back]]]]. Alan Grant points out that [[spoiler: the raptors would've killed them outright if they'd wanted to]].wanted]].



* ''Flood'' by Creator/AndrewVachss. It's stated that martial arts {{Badass}} Max {{the S|peechless}}ilent is so notorious no-one even laughed when a judge told him he had the right to remain silent during an attempted murder trial. After all, everyone knew Max never ''attempted'' to murder someone.

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* In ''Flood'' by Creator/AndrewVachss. It's Creator/AndrewVachss, it's stated that martial arts {{Badass}} Max {{the S|peechless}}ilent is so notorious no-one notorious, no one even laughed when a judge told him he had the right to remain silent during an attempted murder trial. After all, everyone knew Max never ''attempted'' to murder someone.



* In the book version of ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'', the Soviet fleet goes on "blockade" duty off the U.S. Atlantic coast for the rogue missile sub, making the Americans distinctly nervous. Being the height of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the U.S. decides to make a few demonstrations to the Sovs of what would happen if the Red Banner Fleet were ever to move aggressively. The most spectacular of them involved four A-10s racing under the radar horizon of the fleet and boxing the battlecruiser ''Kirov'' with flares. The exact message that the pilots wanted to send was, word for word, "If we had been serious, you'd be dead by now".

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* In the book version of ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'', the Soviet fleet goes on "blockade" duty off the U.S. Atlantic coast for the rogue missile sub, making the Americans distinctly nervous. Being the height of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the U.S. decides to make a few demonstrations to the Sovs of what would happen if the Red Banner Fleet were ever to move aggressively. The most spectacular of them involved four A-10s racing under the radar horizon of the fleet and boxing the battlecruiser battle cruiser ''Kirov'' with flares. The exact message that the pilots wanted to send was, word for word, "If we had been serious, you'd be dead by now".



** Another variation in ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', when Dresden meets with Marcone. Dresden makes a couple of pointed threats to Marcone, and Marcone just smiles and states that there are a great many beings ahead of him on the list, and they are all more dangerous than himself, and that if he wanted Dresden dead, all he has to do is sit around and wait.

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** Another variation in ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', when Dresden meets with Marcone. Dresden makes a couple of pointed threats to Marcone, and Marcone just smiles and states that there are a great many beings ahead of him on the list, and they are all more dangerous than himself, and that himself; so if he wanted wants Dresden dead, all he has to do is sit around and wait.



--> "Commodore Ramirez, what possible motive could the Peeps have for 'luring' you out here and pretending to be Manticorans?" she demanded. "If they wanted you dead, all they'd have to do would be [[BoringButPractical to stop delivering food to you!]] Or if they're too impatient for that, I'm sure [[KillItWithFire a little napalm]], or [[DeathFromAbove a few snowflake clusters]]—or an old-fashioned ground sweep by infantry, for goodness' sake—could deal with you!"

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--> "Commodore Ramirez, what possible motive could the Peeps have for 'luring' you out here and pretending to be Manticorans?" she demanded. "If they wanted you dead, all they'd have to do would be [[BoringButPractical to stop delivering food to you!]] Or if they're too impatient for that, I'm sure [[KillItWithFire a little napalm]], or [[DeathFromAbove a few snowflake clusters]]—or clusters]] — or an old-fashioned ground sweep by infantry, for goodness' sake—could sake — could deal with you!"
12th May '16 1:21:25 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Film/CloudAtlas''. IntrepidReporter Luisa Ray survives an assassination attempt, sneaks into her flat to clean herself up only to find a ScaryBlackMan employed by the CorruptCorporateExecutive she's investigating [[PuttingAHandOverHisMouth Putting A Hand Over Her Mouth]] and saying this line. Luisa responds by headbutting him, then holding a knife to his throat and [[RepeatAfterMe repeating the line herself]]. The man approves of her spunk as he's an old war buddy of Luisa's late father and has come to help.

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* ''Film/CloudAtlas''. IntrepidReporter Luisa Ray survives an assassination attempt, sneaks into her flat to clean herself up only to find a ScaryBlackMan employed by the CorruptCorporateExecutive she's investigating [[PuttingAHandOverHisMouth Putting A Hand Over Her Mouth]] HandGagging her and saying this line. Luisa responds by headbutting him, then holding a knife to his throat and [[RepeatAfterMe repeating the line herself]]. The man approves of her spunk as he's an old war buddy of Luisa's late father and has come to help.
8th Apr '16 9:32:44 AM JackG
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "Endgame", while his men have [[TheMafiya Yogorov]] at gunpoint [[TheMafia Elias]] says, "If I wanted you dead, I'd be a little more creative than this." Later Elias admits to Detective Carter that he did want Yogorov dead, but [[EnemyMine he's decided to let Carter deal with him]].
30th Mar '16 11:08:28 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Said by Aragorn when he first meets the hobbits at Bree, and Sam brings up the possibility that "Strider" is an imposter and one of Sauron's agents. Aragorn admits that could be true, but then adds that if it were, he would probably have just killed the hobbits immediately and taken the Ring, not wasting all this time talking with them.

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* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Said by Aragorn when he first meets the hobbits at Bree, and Sam brings up the possibility that "Strider" is an imposter who killed the real Strider and one of Sauron's agents. Aragorn admits that could be true, but then adds that if it were, he had killed the real Strider, then four hobbits would certainly be no match for him, and he would probably have just killed the hobbits immediately and taken the Ring, not wasting wasted all this time talking with them.
30th Mar '16 11:05:45 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Said by Aragorn when he first meets the hobbits at Bree, and Sam brings up the possibility that "Strider" is an imposter and one of Sauron's agents. Aragorn admits that could be true, but then adds that if it were, he would probably have just killed the hobbits immediately and taken the Ring, not wasting all this time talking with them.
28th Feb '16 6:25:13 PM neminem
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* From the ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "Linchpin":
-->'''Castle''': I thought you were the bad guy?"
-->'''Gage''': If I were the bad guy, you'd be dead by now.
25th Feb '16 2:02:20 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Ripper}}'': Used by Quinlan late in the story after another of his contacts blew up in front of him, making him look like a suspect.

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* ''{{Ripper}}'': ''VideoGame/{{Ripper}}'': Used by Quinlan late in the story after another of his contacts blew up in front of him, making him look like a suspect.
14th Feb '16 11:43:48 AM StarTropes
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* In ''Literature/TheBible'', David twice gets close enough to Saul to kill him, but stays his hand, believing that he should not lay a hostile hand on "the Lord's anointed". The first time, he cuts off a part of Saul's robe, while the second time, he steals Saul's water jug and spear. The message, although not explicitly said, is clear. It's an old trope, ladies and gentlemen! And Saul doesn't get the message. TooDumbToLive much?

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* In ''Literature/TheBible'', David twice gets close enough to Saul to kill him, but stays his hand, believing that he should not lay a hostile hand on "the Lord's anointed". The first time, he cuts off a part of Saul's robe, while the second time, he steals Saul's water jug and spear. The message, although not explicitly said, is clear. It's an old trope, OlderThanFeudalism, ladies and gentlemen! And Saul doesn't get the message. TooDumbToLive much?
7th Feb '16 8:47:33 PM Angeldeb82
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-->'''Shendu''': If I wanted you dead, I could have done a thousand different things to end your mortal existence. But I haven't. [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe You're more use to me alive and healthy for where we're going]].

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-->'''Shendu''': If I wanted you dead, I could have done a thousand different things to end your mortal existence. But I haven't. [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe You're more use to me alive and healthy for where we're going]].going.]]



'''[[{{Mook}} Shtarker]]:''' That actually makes sense.

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'''[[{{Mook}} '''[[{{Mooks}} Shtarker]]:''' That actually makes sense.



* Let's not forget Baron (Vladimir) Harkonnen, in the ''good'' Series/{{Dune}} movie/miniseries (meaning the Sci-Fi-channel one with Ian McNeice playing him):

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* Let's not forget Baron (Vladimir) Harkonnen, in the ''good'' Series/{{Dune}} movie/miniseries (meaning the Sci-Fi-channel one with Ian McNeice [=McNeice=] playing him):



** Inverted by Dumbledore in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'': "If you were going to kill me, you would have done it when you first Disarmed me, you would not have stopped for this pleasant chat about ways and means." (he accuses [[spoiler:Malfoy of being]] half-hearted in his assassination attempts).

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** Inverted by Dumbledore in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'': "If you were going to kill me, you would have done it when you first Disarmed me, you would not have stopped for this pleasant chat about ways and means." (he (He accuses [[spoiler:Malfoy [[spoiler:Malfoy]] of being]] being half-hearted in his assassination attempts).attempts.)



* ''Flood'' by Creator/AndrewVachss. It's stated that martial arts {{Badass}} Max [[TheSpeechless the Silent]] is so notorious no-one even laughed when a judge told him he had the right to remain silent during an attempted murder trial. After all, everyone knew Max never ''attempted'' to murder someone.

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* ''Flood'' by Creator/AndrewVachss. It's stated that martial arts {{Badass}} Max [[TheSpeechless the Silent]] {{the S|peechless}}ilent is so notorious no-one even laughed when a judge told him he had the right to remain silent during an attempted murder trial. After all, everyone knew Max never ''attempted'' to murder someone.



-->'''Rex Atwater''': My point is that Western civilization is cutting its own throat. Our enemies hit us as hard as they can, but we're supposed to strike back in a limited, perfectly accurate, fair way... and always apologize. Do you remember during the invasion of Iraq, when all of the Arab press was crying out ''they're deliberately targeting civilians''? And the White House responds with patient denials, instead of saying, ''Christ, if we were deliberately targeting civilians, [[KillEmAll do you think there'd be anybody left to bitch?]]''

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-->'''Rex Atwater''': My point is that Western civilization is cutting its own throat. Our enemies hit us as hard as they can, but we're supposed to strike back in a limited, perfectly accurate, fair way... and always apologize. Do you remember during the invasion of Iraq, when all of the Arab press was crying out ''they're deliberately targeting civilians''? And the White House responds with patient denials, instead of saying, ''Christ, if we were deliberately targeting civilians, [[KillEmAll do you think there'd be anybody left to bitch?]]''bitch]]?''



** In Season 3, Neroon cites this trope as a reason he won't kill [[spoiler: Marcus after sending him to the infirmary.]]

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** In Season 3, Neroon cites this trope as a reason he won't kill [[spoiler: Marcus after sending him to the infirmary.]]infirmary]].



* On an episode of ''TheBeverlyHillbillies'', Granny has taken up a feud against the Drysdales. At one point she shoots Mr. Drysdale's hat off, leading to this exchange:

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* On an episode of ''TheBeverlyHillbillies'', ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'', Granny has taken up a feud against the Drysdales. At one point she shoots Mr. Drysdale's hat off, leading to this exchange:



* Said almost word for word by Kurt in Series/TheRiver. Played with in that Kurt is not really a villain and even [[spoiler: helps save Lincoln in the end.]]

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* Said almost word for word by Kurt in Series/TheRiver. Played with in that Kurt is not really a villain and even [[spoiler: helps save Lincoln in the end.]]end]].



* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', after Walt [[spoiler: kills a pair of drug dealers working for Gus,]] a meeting is arranged out in the desert to talk things out. After driving out, Walt asks the other party to promise he's not just going to kill him. "I promise, I can shoot you where you are."

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* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', after Walt [[spoiler: kills a pair of drug dealers working for Gus,]] Gus]], a meeting is arranged out in the desert to talk things out. After driving out, Walt asks the other party to promise he's not just going to kill him. "I promise, I can shoot you where you are."



* ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'' - Sam Neill's first mate says this to one of the panicked crew after the sub narrowly avoids destruction by a torpedo launched by the Russian Navy. [[SubvertedTrope Subversion]]: The Navy really was trying to sink the submarine.

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* ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'' - Sam Neill's first mate says this to one of the panicked crew after the sub narrowly avoids destruction by a torpedo launched by the Russian Navy. [[SubvertedTrope Subversion]]: {{Subver|tedTrope}}sion: The Navy really was trying to sink the submarine.



* ''Film/BabylonAD'': Toorop gets the drop on a mercenary who's been sent to fetch him. Cue BilingualDialogue in Russian, then Toorop saying in English, "No shit! If you wanted me dead, [[NoKillLikeOverkill you'd have blown up the building]]!"

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* ''Film/BabylonAD'': Toorop gets the drop on a mercenary who's been sent to fetch him. Cue BilingualDialogue in Russian, then Toorop saying in English, "No shit! If you wanted me dead, [[NoKillLikeOverkill [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill you'd have blown up the building]]!"



* In ''TheBigBangTheory'', after Sheldon accuses Leonard of being a violent sociopath, he claims that he's not worried for his personal safety because "I imagine that if you were going to kill me, you would have done it years ago."

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* In ''TheBigBangTheory'', ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', after Sheldon accuses Leonard of being a violent sociopath, he claims that he's not worried for his personal safety because "I imagine that if you were going to kill me, you would have done it years ago."



-->'''Gericault''': You are a practical woman, Mercy, and [[YouWatchTooMuchX this is not a dime novel.]] If you were going to kill me, you would have done so five seconds ago. Let me up.

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-->'''Gericault''': You are a practical woman, Mercy, and [[YouWatchTooMuchX this is not a dime novel.]] novel]]. If you were going to kill me, you would have done so five seconds ago. Let me up.



* In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', there is an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] in the second case. The only son of the Yakuza is accused of shooting a man in the head. His mother knows he is innocent (of this crime at least), because he couldn't shoot the broad side of a barn.

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* In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', there is an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] {{inver|tedTrope}}sion in the second case. The only son of the Yakuza is accused of shooting a man in the head. His mother knows he is innocent (of this crime at least), because he couldn't shoot the broad side of a barn.



* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the ''{{lonelygirl15}}'' episode "Prom: It's To Die For - Part 4", when Jonas points a gun at Edward Salinas and demands that he hand over the camera:

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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] {{Subverted|Trope}} in the ''{{lonelygirl15}}'' episode "Prom: It's To Die For - Part 4", when Jonas points a gun at Edward Salinas and demands that he hand over the camera:



-->''Jonas [[PistolWhipping pistol whips]] Salinas and runs off with the camera.''

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-->''Jonas [[PistolWhipping pistol whips]] {{pistol whip|ping}}s Salinas and runs off with the camera.''



* When [[spoiler: Lemuel]] is wounded in ''[[Literature/TheSalvationWar Pantheocide]]'', Michael tells him in chapter 35 that humans didn't do it because "If humans wanted to kill you, you wouldn't just be dead, [[LudicrousGibs your body parts would be strewn over half the Eternal City.]]"

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* When [[spoiler: Lemuel]] is wounded in ''[[Literature/TheSalvationWar Pantheocide]]'', Michael tells him in chapter 35 that humans didn't do it because "If humans wanted to kill you, you wouldn't just be dead, [[LudicrousGibs your body parts would be strewn over half the Eternal City.]]"City]]."
3rd Feb '16 6:50:58 AM StFan
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* An odd sort of meta-example comes from ''CaptainScarlet''. It's a somewhat popular fan theory that the Mysterons aren't actually serious about destroying humanity, because if they were then instead of all this convoluted KillAndReplace subterfuge stuff -not to mention the threatening mesages containing cryptic hints about their plan- they could [[ColonyDrop slightly adjust the orbit of a really big asteroid]] or park a fleet of ships in orbit and go hogwild with the OrbitalBombardment.

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* An odd sort of meta-example comes from ''CaptainScarlet''. ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons''. It's a somewhat popular fan theory that the Mysterons aren't actually serious about destroying humanity, because if they were then instead of all this convoluted KillAndReplace subterfuge stuff -not -- not to mention the threatening mesages containing cryptic hints about their plan- plan -- they could [[ColonyDrop slightly adjust the orbit of a really big asteroid]] or park a fleet of ships in orbit and go hogwild with the OrbitalBombardment.
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