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5th Jul '16 7:17:52 PM HeraldAlberich
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* In JimButcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/SummerKnight'', Harry slugged [[spoiler:Aurora]] in the back with his staff, ungentlemanly though it was. [[spoiler:On the other hand, she was trying to [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice]] a helpless prisoner.]]
** He also shot [[spoiler:Captain Luccio]] in the back of the head. In his defense, [[spoiler:she was possessed by a psychotically evil OmnicidalManiac necromancer who would have just possessed ''him'' if it had realized he'd figured it out.]]
** In ''Small Favor'', Harry threatens a thug with this if he tries to run, pointing out it could mean his spine got hurt.

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* Creator/JimButcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
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In JimButcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/SummerKnight'', Harry slugged slugs [[spoiler:Aurora]] in the back with his staff, ungentlemanly though it was. is. [[spoiler:On the other hand, she was is trying to [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice]] a helpless prisoner.]]
** He also shot In ''Literature/DeadBeat'', he shoots [[spoiler:Captain Luccio]] in the back of the head. In his defense, [[spoiler:she [[spoiler:her body was possessed by a psychotically evil OmnicidalManiac necromancer who necromancer--and Luccio herself had been {{Body Swap}}ped into the necromancer's previous victim--who would have just possessed ''him'' if it had realized he'd figured it out.]]
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** In ''Small Favor'', ''Literature/SmallFavor'', Harry threatens a thug with this if he tries to run, pointing out it could mean his spine got hurt.



* ''Franchise/StarWars: The Old Republic: Revan'' has three main characters: Revan (redeemed from the Dark Side), Meetra Surik (the PlayerCharacter from ''[[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic KotOR II]]''), and Darth Scourge (who realizes that TheEmperor is planning to start a war the [[TheEmpire Sith Empire]] can't win and wants to stop him). At the end of the novel, [[spoiler:the three characters have joined forces and are facing down the Emperor. Scourge has a Force Vision that shows him a different Jedi killing the Emperor. Realizing they can't win, he stabs Meetra in the back, killing her instantly, while the Emperor disables Revan]].
** ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': Grand Admiral Thrawn is killed this way in ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', sitting in his own command chair on the bridge of the ''Chimaera'' when he's stabbed through the back by his own Noghri bodyguard Rukh, who had learned of Thrawn's treachery against his people.

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** ''Star Wars:
The Old Republic: Revan'' has three main characters: Revan (redeemed from the Dark Side), Meetra Surik (the PlayerCharacter from ''[[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic KotOR II]]''), and Darth Scourge (who realizes that TheEmperor is planning to start a war the [[TheEmpire Sith Empire]] can't win and wants to stop him). At the end of the novel, [[spoiler:the three characters have joined forces and are facing down the Emperor. Scourge has a Force Vision that shows him a different Jedi killing the Emperor. Realizing they can't win, he stabs Meetra in the back, killing her instantly, while the Emperor disables Revan]].
** ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': Grand Admiral Thrawn is killed this way in ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', sitting in his own command chair on the bridge of the ''Chimaera'' when he's stabbed through the back by his own Noghri bodyguard Rukh, who had learned of Thrawn's treachery against his people.people.
** In ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', a customer of the local general store/restaurant appears in the doorway when everyone else is gathered outside, and something seems off--then he falls forward with a knife in his back, revealing a Tusken Raider in the store behind him. Fortunately, he survives.



--> '''Justicar''': If they can hit you back, you're doing something wrong.
* ''[[Literature/{{Lensman}} First Lensman]]'' opens with the visitor to a lab sneaking up on a scientist with a handgun and shooting him in the back seven times, including twice in the head only for every bullet to pass through him harmlessly. Coupled with the scientist's blasé reaction and addressing the shooter as "Gharlane of Eddore," this is how we find out the shooter and the scientist are an Eddorian and an Arisian (respectively) in disguise. (No one notices any of this thanks to their [[PerceptionFilter zones of compulsion]].)

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--> '''Justicar''': -->'''Justicar:''' If they can hit you back, you're doing something wrong.
* ''[[Literature/{{Lensman}} First Lensman]]'' opens with the visitor to a lab sneaking up on a scientist with a handgun and shooting him in the back seven times, including twice in the head only head--only for every bullet to pass through him harmlessly. Coupled with the scientist's blasé reaction and addressing the shooter as "Gharlane of Eddore," this is how we find out the shooter and the scientist are an Eddorian and an Arisian (respectively) in disguise. (No one notices any of this thanks to their [[PerceptionFilter zones of compulsion]].)
21st Jun '16 8:02:35 AM GlassRain
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* Angel warriors in ''''Webcomic/BasicInstructionsBeforeLeavingEarth'''' try this quite often ([[OurAngelsAreDifferent Different]] indeed...). If only they'd stop ''[[WithCatlikeTread shouting]]'' as they did so.

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* Angel warriors in ''''Webcomic/BasicInstructionsBeforeLeavingEarth'''' ''Webcomic/BasicInstructionsBeforeLeavingEarth'' try this quite often ([[OurAngelsAreDifferent Different]] indeed...). If only they'd stop ''[[WithCatlikeTread shouting]]'' as they did so.


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* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': Bloo takes Sandra by surprise and drugs her by behind while her attention is focused on Mike.
20th Jun '16 12:54:57 AM AnoneMouseJr.
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** ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': Grand Admiral Thrawn is killed this way in ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', sitting in his own command chair on the bridge of the ''Chimaera'' when he's stabbed through the back by his own Noghri bodyguard Rukh, who had learned of Thrawn's treachery against his people.


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* ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': In ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', the usurper King Miraz, who's tripped and fallen (leading to the Telmarines charging in to attack the Narnians), is still laying on the ground when his own follower Glozelle, passing by as part of the charge, takes the time to stab him in the back in revenge for Miraz calling him a coward earlier. (The Disney film adaptation has Sopespian do it instead, but using one of Susan's fallen arrows to make it look like she shot him.)
31st May '16 7:29:55 AM DoctorTItanX
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Does not necessarily apply to executions. Or when TheBigBad decided to turn his back on TheHero in order to stab a hostage. And if a HeroicBystander shoots a villain in the back, [[MoralDissonance for some reason it's considered, well, heroic.]]

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Does It does not necessarily apply to executions. Or executions, or when TheBigBad decided to turn his back on TheHero in order to stab a hostage. And if a HeroicBystander shoots a villain in the back, [[MoralDissonance for some reason it's considered, well, heroic.]]
19th May '16 7:14:29 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''Series/TheATeam'', "[[Curtain Call]]". In the opening, the team turns around and begins to walk away from the villain. Unfortunately, the villain takes the opportunity as a last chance to kill Hannibal and attempts to shoot him, kicking off the rest of the episode when Murdock [[TakingTheBullet takes the bullet]] instead.

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* ''Series/TheATeam'', "[[Curtain "[[Recap/TheATeamS2E23CurtainCall Curtain Call]]". In the opening, the team turns around and begins to walk away from the villain. Unfortunately, the villain takes the opportunity as a last chance to kill Hannibal and attempts to shoot him, kicking off the rest of the episode when Murdock [[TakingTheBullet takes the bullet]] instead.
19th May '16 7:13:48 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''Series/TheATeam'', "[[Curtain Call]]". In the opening, the team turns around and begins to walk away from the villain. Unfortunately, the villain takes the opportunity as a last chance to kill Hannibal and attempts to shoot him, kicking off the rest of the episode when Murdock [[TakingTheBullet takes the bullet]] instead.
15th May '16 8:47:12 PM PaulA
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* Kit's father in ''Film/ThePhantom'' was killed by being stabbed in the back by Quill.

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* Kit's father in ''Film/ThePhantom'' ''Film/{{The Phantom|1996}}'' was killed by being stabbed in the back by Quill.
15th May '16 3:04:17 AM JackG
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** To the shock of Bran Stark, who's been raised on the heroic legend of his father killing MasterSwordsman Ser Arthur Dayne in single combat, the Three-Eyed Crow shows him what really happened. Ser Dayne had defeated all of his opponents and was about to kill Ned Stark, when Howland Reed (who's been PlayingPossum after being stabbed earlier) saves young Ned by stabbing Ser Dayne through the back of his throat.

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** To the shock of Bran Stark, who's been raised on the heroic legend of his father killing MasterSwordsman Ser Arthur Dayne in single combat, the Three-Eyed Crow shows him what really happened. Ser Dayne had defeated all of his opponents and was about to kill Ned Stark, when Howland Reed (who's (who'd been PlayingPossum after being getting stabbed earlier) saves young Ned by stabbing Ser Dayne through the back of his throat.
15th May '16 3:02:26 AM JackG
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** To the shock of Bran Stark, who's been raised on the heroic legend of his father killing MasterSwordsman Ser Arthur Dayne in single combat, the Three-Eyed Crow shows him what really happened. Ser Dayne had defeated all of his opponents and was about to kill Ned Stark, when Howland Reed (who's been PlayingPossum after being stabbed earlier) saves young Ned by stabbing Ser Dayne through the back of his throat.
13th May '16 3:59:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* At the end of ''ConquestsOfCamelot'', the thief that stole the grail tries to stab King Arthur in the back, which fails since he's wearing armor ([[Film/{{Serenity}} He is not a moron]]). The guy is then promptly reduced to a skeleton by the grail's power for his bad manners.

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* At the end of ''ConquestsOfCamelot'', ''VideoGame/ConquestsOfCamelot'', the thief that stole the grail tries to stab King Arthur in the back, which fails since he's wearing armor ([[Film/{{Serenity}} He is not a moron]]). The guy is then promptly reduced to a skeleton by the grail's power for his bad manners.
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