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* In episode nine of ''ThereWillBeBrawl'', [[spoiler:Zelda]] stabbed [[spoiler:Link]] in the back [[spoiler:with his own sword.]]

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* In episode nine of ''ThereWillBeBrawl'', ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'', [[spoiler:Zelda]] stabbed [[spoiler:Link]] in the back [[spoiler:with his own sword.]]
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* In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''SpaceWolf'', a Chaos Space Marine tells Ragnar

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* In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''SpaceWolf'', ''Literature/SpaceWolf'', a Chaos Space Marine tells Ragnar
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** Rickon Stark dies after getting an arrow in the back, courtesy of Ramsay.
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* Played with in ''RockyAndBullwinkle'', during "The Last Angry Moose", when Boris Badenov impersonated a Hollywood agent to bilk Bullwinkle out of his money:

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* Played with in ''RockyAndBullwinkle'', ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', during "The Last Angry Moose", when Boris Badenov impersonated a Hollywood agent to bilk Bullwinkle out of his money:



* In TMNT 2012, [[spoiler:Shredder kills Splinter with a stab through the back in the Season 3 finale.]]

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* In TMNT 2012, ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', [[spoiler:Shredder kills Splinter with a stab through the back in the Season 3 finale.]]
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* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' story "Pastoral", after the villains menace the carnival to get Roustabout to appear, the first one to attack him does it from behind; he's caught off-guard and overwhelmed until the {{Heroic Bystander}}s step in to let him regroup.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Earth 2}}'', Steppenwolf stabs Wonder Woman in the back with his sword.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', [[spoiler:Batman does this to Eobard Thawne]].
* While not done in the back, the titular character of ''ComicBook/JonahHex'' is shot and killed during a cardgame when he stops to clean his glasses.
** Supporting character J.D Hart was shot in the back when he turned away, refusing to draw on a woman he had no quarrel with.
* A controversial moment among fans in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' was the death of the original Judge Giant. Attempting to arrest an agent of East Meg One, he is distracted by said agent's RobotBuddy. The agent rather calmly shoots Giant in the back.



* While not done in the back, the titular character of ComicBook/JonahHex is shot and killed during a cardgame when he stops to clean his glasses.
** Supporting character J.D Hart was shot in the back when he turned away, refusing to draw on a woman he had no quarrel with.
* A controversial moment among fans in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' was the death of the original Judge Giant. Attempting to arrest an agent of East Meg One, he is distracted by said agent's RobotBuddy. The agent rather calmly shoots Giant in the back.

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* While not done in the back, the titular character of ComicBook/JonahHex is shot and killed during a cardgame when he stops to clean his glasses.
** Supporting character J.D Hart was shot in the back when he turned away, refusing to draw on a woman he had no quarrel with.
* A controversial moment among fans in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' was the death
In one issue of the original Judge Giant. Attempting to arrest an agent ''ComicBook/SecretSix'' comics, Deadshot and Catman have a argument about this that ends with Catman insisting that Deadshot walk in front of East Meg One, he him on all future missions. Given [[TheSociopath Deadshot's]] particular [[ColdSniper skillset]], [[TeamKiller personal history]] and belief that a surprise headshot is distracted by said agent's RobotBuddy. The agent rather calmly shoots Giant in the back.kindest way to kill someone, it's not a terribly unreasonable demand.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** A man is assassinated from behind in ''ComicBook/TheXWingSeries'', and Isard orders the assassin to [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident Make It Look Like Suicide]] . . . somehow.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', [[spoiler:Batman does this to Eobard Thawne]]
* In one issue of the ComicBook/SecretSix comics, Deadshot and Catman have a argument about this that ends with Catman insisting that Deadshot walk in front of him on all future missions. Given [[TheSociopath Deadshot's]] particular [[ColdSniper skillset]], [[TeamKiller personal history]] and belief that a surprise headshot is the kindest way to kill someone, it's not a terribly unreasonable demand.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Earth 2}}'', Steppenwolf stabs Wonder Woman in the back with his sword.
* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' story "Pastoral", after the villains menace the carnival to get Roustabout to appear, the first one to attack him does it from behind; he's caught off-guard and overwhelmed until the {{Heroic Bystander}}s step in to let him regroup.
* A man is assassinated from behind in ''ComicBook/TheXWingSeries'', and Isard orders the assassin to [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident Make It Look Like Suicide]]. ...somehow.



* Near the end of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', [[spoiler:the Beast lets Gaston live after he wins their fight. He goes over to Belle, who has just returned. At that point Gaston takes the sneaky road and climbs up to the Beast so he can stab him from behind. When the Beast lashes out after getting knifed, Gaston subsequently loses his footing and plummets to his death.]]
* Disney's ''Disney/PeterPan''. Hook is sneaking up on Peter with sword drawn, when Smee sees him and calls out, "Capt'n!" Peter then turn around and asks, "In the back, Captain?"



* Disney ''Disney/PeterPan''. Hook is sneaking up on Peter with sword drawn, when Smee sees him and calls out, "Capt'n!" Peter then turn around and asks, "In the back, Captain?"



* Near the end of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', [[spoiler:the Beast lets Gaston live after he wins their fight. He goes over to Belle, who has just returned. At that point Gaston takes the sneaky road and climbs up to the Beast so he can stab him from behind. When the Beast lashes out after getting knifed, Gaston subsequently loses his footing and plummets to his death.]]



* ''El Diablo'' (1990). Naive cowpoke Billy Ray (Anthony Edwards) has this exchange with grizzled gunslinger Van Leek (Louis Gossett, Jr.)
-->'''Billy Ray:''' You just shot that man in the back!
-->'''Van Leek:''' [[CombatPragmatist His back was to me.]]
** Later, it gets an IronicEcho when Billy Ray does it to the titular BigBad, as Van Leek gives the line, and Billy Ray shrugs and replies as Van Leek did earlier in the film. Van Leek chuckles.

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* ''El Diablo'' (1990). Naive cowpoke Billy Ray (Anthony Edwards) has this exchange with grizzled gunslinger Van Leek (Louis Gossett, Jr.)
-->'''Billy Ray:''' You just shot that man in the back!
-->'''Van Leek:''' [[CombatPragmatist His back was to me.]]
** Later, it gets an IronicEcho when Billy Ray does it to the titular BigBad, as Van Leek gives the line, and Billy Ray shrugs and replies as Van Leek did earlier in the film. Van Leek chuckles.
''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord'', obviously.
* How Loki kills [[spoiler:Coulson]] during ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''.



* Subverted in ''Film/IpMan'', where [[spoiler:Zealot Lin tries a sneak attack on General Miura after the latter had accepted the Chinese pugilists' loss and gets a fatal beating for his troubles.]]

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* Subverted [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] machine-guns a couple of fleeing, unarmed bandits in ''Film/IpMan'', where [[spoiler:Zealot Lin tries a sneak attack on General Miura after the latter had accepted 1941 Republic Pictures FilmSerial, which is odd behaviour for a superhero of any time, let alone that time.
** Why does [[PhysicalGod Captain Marvel]] need a machine gun?
* In ''Film/TheCowboys'', Bruce Dern's character shot Creator/JohnWayne in
the Chinese pugilists' loss back, and was typecast for life as a villain.
** In RealLife, poor Dern received ''death threats'' from fans upset that Wayne's character was killed like that.
* ''El Diablo'' (1990). Naive cowpoke Billy Ray (Anthony Edwards) has this exchange with grizzled gunslinger Van Leek (Louis Gossett, Jr.)
-->'''Billy Ray:''' You just shot that man in the back!
-->'''Van Leek:''' [[CombatPragmatist His back was to me.]]
** Later, it
gets an IronicEcho when Billy Ray does it to the titular BigBad, as Van Leek gives the line, and Billy Ray shrugs and replies as Van Leek did earlier in the film. Van Leek chuckles.
* ''Film/TheCrow''. During Eric and Top Dollar's battle on the church rooftops, Eric is momentarily distracted by
a fatal beating for distressed Sarah. Top Dollar takes a cheap shot by sneaking up behind him and stabbing Eric through the back with his troubles.]]sword.
* Red very casually shoots the Sheriff of Edendale in the back in ''Film/DeadInTombstone''.



* ''Film/TheEliteSquad'': How Baiano fatally wounds [[spoiler:Neto]].
* Subverted in ''Film/EscapeFromLA''. A Neo-Nazi skinhead attempts to throw a knife into Snake's back as he's walking away. Snake turns around and riddles him with bullets before continuing on his path.
* In a famous scene in ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' Popeye Doyle shoots a man in the back. The real Popeye objected to this portrayal at first but eventually learned to accept it under the RuleOfCool.
* In ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'', Bill the Butcher throws a meat cleaver into Monk's back after he is elected sheriff, before beating Monk to death with his own shillelagh.
* [=McBride=] in ''Film/TheGuard'' actually chooses to be shot in the back rather face the gangsters threatening him, to "show you up for the cowards you are".
* In ''Film/HighNoon'', Amy shoots Pierce, one of Miller's men, in the back through a window while he's trying to reload.
* ''Film/HighPlainsDrifter''. A man walks up behind Clint Eastwood's character and starts to slip a knife out of its sheath. Without turning round, Clint informs him he'd look pretty stupid with that knife shoved up his nose.
* Subverted in ''Film/IpMan'', where [[spoiler:Zealot Lin tries a sneak attack on General Miura after the latter had accepted the Chinese pugilists' loss and gets a fatal beating for his troubles.]]



* How Saruman's death played out in the extended cut of ''Film/ReturnOfTheKing'', originally Wormtongue [[SlashedThroat slashed his throat]].



* Samwise Gamgee does this to an orc while [[RoaringRampageofRescue getting Frodo out of Cirith Ungol.]]

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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': How Saruman's death played out in the extended cut of ''Film/ReturnOfTheKing'', originally Wormtongue [[SlashedThroat slashed his throat]].
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Samwise Gamgee does this to an orc while [[RoaringRampageofRescue getting Frodo out of Cirith Ungol.]]
* Katie, one of the other cult members, stabs a homeowner this way after he catches her compatriots in the act of burglarizing his house in ''Film/MarthaMarcyMayMarlene''.
* [[Film/MyNameIsNobody Nobody]] realises ahead of time that someone intends to shoot him in the back and sets up a humiliation for them when they try.
* This is how the kaiju Leatherback destroys [[spoiler: Cherno Alpha]] in ''Film/PacificRim''; by leaping onto [[spoiler: Cherno's]] back, dragging it underwater and smashing it to pieces.
* Kit's father in ''Film/{{The Phantom|1996}}'' was killed by being stabbed in the back by Quill.
* In ''Film/{{Push}}'', when Kira [[MoreThanMindControl pushes]] Agent Mack to think his partner Agent Holden killed his brother (Mack doesn't have a brother), Mack walks out of the bathroom and shoots Holden in the back before realizing [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone what he'd done]].
* In ''{{Film/Rambo|IV}}'', [[BigBad Major Tint]]'s only contribution to the FinalBattle is to shoot an unarmed, fleeing missionary in the back. He spends the rest of the battle [[DirtyCoward in hiding, not even commanding his men at all]].
* ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'': Given the films' [[KillEmAll subject matter]], and [[StealthHiBye Ghostface's uncanny ability to pop in and out]], this happens a lot. How fatal this proves to the character on the receiving end depends on if they've already been injured in some other way, if they're an important character, or if their name happens to be Dewey. [[spoiler:Jarring when you consider the cases of Dewey and Kate Roberts; they both get very similar injuries (albeit in different films) in the same place, yet Dewey survives hours without medical attention, and Kate dies mere seconds after the stabbing occurs.
]]



* ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''
** As soon as Order 66 is brought up, the troops accompanying Aayla Secura shoot her in the back. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Over and over.]]
** ''All'' of the clones shot their respective Jedi in the back. Mundi turned around at the last second, but the thought is what counts. Which was the ''entire point'' of not just Order 66, but the Clone Wars as a whole. To weaken the Jedi (and Jedi senses) far enough that when you shoot, their back is still towards you when the bolt hits.
** Subverted with Yoda, who was ''not'' having any of that backstabbing. Yoda was [[TheForce aware of what was going on]] as the Jedi were being slaughtered, far too many to simply be attributed to combat. When the clones approached him with weapons drawn, he knew what they were up to and struck first.

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* ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''
''{{Film/She|1965}}'': While Billali is struggling with Leo over who gets immortality, Ayesha stabs Billali in the back.
* An interesting inversion happened in John Wayne's final film, ''The Shootist''. In the original script, Wayne's character was to shoot someone in the back during the final gunfight, but Wayne refused to do so, saying, "...I've made over 250 pictures and have never shot a guy in the back. Change it." Despite protests from Don Siegel, who insisted that good friend Creator/ClintEastwood would've shot a guy in the back, the script was changed, and the final shootout played to Wayne's satisfaction.
* ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''. Film/JamesBond kills [[spoiler:the cyber-terrorist BigBad with a knife thrown into his back as he's about to kill M. This has RuleOfSymbolism given the film's theme of whether CloakAndDagger assassins like Bond are obsolete in the modern era, not to mention the general theme of betrayal.]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'':
***
As soon as Order 66 is brought up, the troops accompanying Aayla Secura shoot her in the back. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Over and over.]]
** *** ''All'' of the clones shot their respective Jedi in the back. Mundi Ki-Adi-Mundi turned around at the last second, but the thought is what counts. Which was the ''entire point'' of not just Order 66, but the Clone Wars as a whole. To weaken the Jedi (and Jedi senses) far enough that when you shoot, their back is still towards you when the bolt hits.
** *** Subverted with Yoda, who was ''not'' having any of that backstabbing. Yoda was [[TheForce aware of what was going on]] as the Jedi were being slaughtered, far too many to simply be attributed to combat. When the clones approached him with weapons drawn, he knew what they were up to and struck first.



* [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] machine-guns a couple of fleeing, unarmed bandits in the 1941 Republic Pictures FilmSerial, which is odd behaviour for a superhero of any time, let alone that time.
** Why does [[PhysicalGod Captain Marvel]] need a machine gun?
* In ''Film/TheCowboys'', Bruce Dern's character shot Creator/JohnWayne in the back, and was typecast for life as a villain.
** In RealLife, poor Dern received ''death threats'' from fans upset that Wayne's character was killed like that.

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* [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] machine-guns a couple of fleeing, unarmed bandits How [[spoiler: Ironhide]] is killed in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'': shot in the 1941 Republic Pictures FilmSerial, which back by [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime]].
** Who, in an IronicEcho, himself
is odd behaviour shot in the back by [[spoiler:Megatron]]. He doesn't die but is cripped enough for [[spoiler:Optimus]] to finish him off with a superhero headshot right after [[spoiler:decapitating Megatron in the space of any time, let alone 5 seconds... while missing an arm]].
* In ''Film/WhiteHeat'', when Arthur Cody Jarret [[spoiler:learns
that time.
** Why does [[PhysicalGod Captain Marvel]] need a machine gun?
* In ''Film/TheCowboys'', Bruce Dern's character
his mother was dispatched through being shot Creator/JohnWayne in the back, and was typecast for life as a villain.
** In RealLife, poor Dern received ''death threats'' from fans upset
it's strongly implied that Wayne's character was killed like that.his plans for vengeance against the backshooter in question became all the more imminent and brutal]]



* In ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'', Bill the Butcher throws a meat cleaver into Monk's back after he is elected sheriff, before beating Monk to death wih his own shillelagh.
* In a famous scene in ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' Popeye Doyle shoots a man in the back. The real Popeye objected to this portrayal at first but eventually learned to accept it under the RuleOfCool.
* In ''Film/WhiteHeat'', when Arthur Cody Jarret [[spoiler:learns that his mother was dispatched through being shot in the back, it's strongly implied that his plans for vengeance against the backshooter in question became all the more imminent and brutal]]
* In ''Film/HighNoon'', Amy shoots Pierce, one of Miller's men, in the back through a window while he's trying to reload.
* ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord'', obviously.
* An interesting inversion happened in John Wayne's final film, ''The Shootist''. In the original script, Wayne's character was to shoot someone in the back during the final gunfight, but Wayne refused to do so, saying, "...I've made over 250 pictures and have never shot a guy in the back. Change it." Despite protests from Don Siegel, who insisted that good friend Creator/ClintEastwood would've shot a guy in the back, the script was changed, and the final shootout played to Wayne's satisfaction.
* How [[spoiler: Ironhide]] is killed in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'': shot in the back by [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime]].
** Who, in an IronicEcho, himself is shot in the back by [[spoiler:Megatron]]. He doesn't die but is cripped enough for [[spoiler:Optimus]] to finish him off with a headshot right after [[spoiler:decapitating Megatron in the space of 5 seconds... while missing an arm]].
* [[Film/MyNameIsNobody Nobody]] realises ahead of time that someone intends to shoot him in the back and sets up a humiliation for them when they try.
* In the AlternateTimeline of ''Film/StargateContinuum'', [[MagnificentBastard Ba'al]] has become the Supreme System Lord and has taken Qetesh (in Vala's body) as his bride. However, when Qetesh sees that Ba'al is not being as "[[StupidEvil Goa'uldey]]" as he should (he doesn't want to destroy Earth out of pragmatism), she stabs him in the back with a [[SharpenedToASingleAtom monomolecular]] blade. She tries to get Teal'c's cooperation, but he retorts that she'll kill Ba'al anyway. She does.
** There are other cases in ''Series/StargateSG1'' itself, including the good guys. For example, Teal'c's android copy shoots Cronus in the back with a staff weapon in revenge for killing Teal'c's father.
* In ''Film/{{Push}}'', when Kira [[MoreThanMindControl pushes]] Agent Mack to think his partner Agent Holden killed his brother (Mack doesn't have a brother), Mack walks out of the bathroom and shoots Holden in the back before realizing [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone what he'd done]].
* ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''. Film/JamesBond kills [[spoiler:the cyber-terrorist BigBad with a knife thrown into his back as he's about to kill M. This has RuleOfSymbolism given the film's theme of whether CloakAndDagger assassins like Bond are obsolete in the modern era, not to mention the general theme of betrayal.]]
* Kit's father in ''Film/{{The Phantom|1996}}'' was killed by being stabbed in the back by Quill.
* ''Film/TheCrow''. During Eric and Top Dollar's battle on the church rooftops, Eric is momentarily distracted by a distressed Sarah. Top Dollar takes a cheap shot by sneaking up behind him and stabbing Eric through the back with his sword.
* This is how the kaiju Leatherback destroys [[spoiler: Cherno Alpha]] in ''Film/PacificRim''; by leaping onto [[spoiler: Cherno's]] back, dragging it underwater and smashing it to pieces.
* ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'': Given the films' [[KillEmAll subject matter]], and [[StealthHiBye Ghostface's uncanny ability to pop in and out]], this happens a lot. How fatal this proves to the character on the receiving end depends on if they've already been injured in some other way, if they're an important character, or if their name happens to be Dewey. [[spoiler:Jarring when you consider the cases of Dewey and Kate Roberts; they both get very similar injuries (albeit in different films) in the same place, yet Dewey survives hours without medical attention, and Kate dies mere seconds after the stabbing occurs.]]
* ''Film/TheEliteSquad'': How Baiano fatally wounds [[spoiler:Neto]].
* Subverted in ''Film/EscapeFromLA''. A Neo-Nazi skinhead attempts to throw a knife into Snake's back as he's walking away. Snake turns around and riddles him with bullets before continuing on his path.
* [=McBride=] in ''Film/TheGuard'' actually chooses to be shot in the back rather face the gangsters threatening him, to "show you up for the cowards you are".
* How Loki kills [[spoiler:Coulson]] during ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''.
* Katie, one of the other cult members, stabs a homeowner this way after he catches her compatriots in the act of burglarizing his house in ''Film/MarthaMarcyMayMarlene''.
* ''Film/HighPlainsDrifter''. A man walks up behind Clint Eastwood's character and starts to slip a knife out of its sheath. Without turning round, Clint informs him he'd look pretty stupid with that knife shoved up his nose.
* Red very casually shoots the Sheriff of Edendale in the back in ''Film/DeadInTombstone''.
* In ''{{Film/Rambo|IV}}'', [[BigBad Major Tint]]'s only contribution to the FinalBattle is to shoot an unarmed, fleeing missionary in the back. He spends the rest of the battle [[DirtyCoward in hiding, not even commanding his men at all]].
* ''{{Film/She|1965}}'': While Billali is struggling with Leo over who gets immortality, Ayesha stabs Billali in the back.



* In the ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}'', Hagen spears Siegfried in the back while Siegfried is drinking water from a spring during a hunt. This also happens in most other versions of the Siegfried story. (Siegfried's one vulnerable spot happened to be on his back, by the way).
** Which, [[FridgeLogic if you think about it]], is not so much cowardly as it is reasonable, unless you think your enemies ought to be obligated to attack you only in ways that cannot possibly harm you.
* In ''Literature/TheTomorrowSeries'', this happens to [[spoiler: Corrie.]]
** [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Offscreen.]]
* ''The Takers'' by Jerry Ahern. When he's trapped on a yacht that's been hijacked by pirates, Josh Culhane has to do this. As he's a writer of action-adventure novels where TheHero isn't supposed to shoot people in the back it bothers him, but not enough to stop him from doing it, as he's outnumbered and needs every advantage.

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* In C. S. Goto's ''Literature/BloodRavens'' novel ''Dawn of War: Ascension'', at the ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}'', Hagen spears Siegfried Blood Rites, aspirants are stabbed InTheBack by others whom they had trusted to guard their backs.
* Corelle Whistler shoots someone
in the back while Siegfried is drinking water from a spring during a hunt. This also happens in most other versions ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. Aware of this trope and unwilling to look like a traitor or a coward, she justifies it, noting that the Siegfried story. (Siegfried's one vulnerable spot happened woman she shot was trying to be on his back, by kill Eldest.
* ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': In ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'',
the way).
** Which, [[FridgeLogic if you think about it]], is not so much cowardly as it is reasonable, unless you think your enemies ought
usurper King Miraz, who's tripped and fallen (leading to be obligated the Telmarines charging in to attack you only in ways that cannot possibly harm you.
* In ''Literature/TheTomorrowSeries'', this happens
the Narnians), is still laying on the ground when his own follower Glozelle, passing by as part of the charge, takes the time to [[spoiler: Corrie.]]
** [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Offscreen.]]
* ''The Takers'' by Jerry Ahern. When he's trapped on a yacht that's been hijacked by pirates, Josh Culhane has to do this. As he's a writer of action-adventure novels where TheHero isn't supposed to shoot people
stab him in the back in revenge for Miraz calling him a coward earlier. (The Disney film adaptation has Sopespian do it bothers him, instead, but not enough using one of Susan's fallen arrows to stop him make it look like she shot him.)
* In ''Literature/ColdMountain'', a minor character is terrified of being shot in the back, which would prove he was fleeing the battle. He is eventually shot in the chest, whilst running backwards.
* In the "Literature/DragonsInOurMidst” SequelSeries “Oracles of Fire", Billy is forced to {{deconstruct}} the morality of this trope after he kills Palin
from doing it, as he's outnumbered behind and needs every advantage.finds himself unable to access [[OnlyThePureOfHeart Excalibur’s powers]] afterwards.



* In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''SpaceWolf'', a Chaos Space Marine tells Ragnar
-->''Do turn around, please. I want to look at you, for I never like shooting anyone in the back.''



* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/{{Ultramarines}}'' novel ''Dead Sky Black Sun'', during the final attack on [[EvilTowerOfOminousness the Chaos stronghold]], Leonid sees a foe sneaking up behind the Lord of the Unfleshed and takes him out. The Lord hails him, [[FireForgedFriends "Now you Tribe!"]]
* In Creator/SandyMitchell's ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novel ''The Traitor's Hand'', Cain's final KillMeNowOrForeverStayYourHand was to tell Beije and the soldiers with him
-->''If you're going to shoot us, you'll have to do it in the back.''
** The primary point of any of Cain's altruistic acts, heroics, etc. are to stop Guard units he is leading from shooting him in the back (as happens to other Commissars). Or so he insists, anyway. [[ShrugOfGod Even Sandy Mitchell himself isn't sure if Cain just doesn't give himself enough credit.]]
* Inquisitor {{Literature/Eisenhorn}} has the courtesy to wait until the enemy is facing him. Though he still shoves his pistol in Eyeclone's mouth and fires while the renegade isn't expecting to spot him. Just imagine the OhCrap look on Eyeclone's face!
** And during our introduction to Bequin she saves Eisenhorn by stabbing a thug through the back of the neck.
* In Nick Kyme's novel ''Literature/{{Salamander|s}}'', the Salamander captain is shot in the back. [[spoiler:At the climax, Dak'ir accuses the killer of having no honor because of it, and a renegade Space Marine such as he defends himself; he had to obey orders.]]

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* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/{{Ultramarines}}'' The ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' novel ''Dead Sky Black Sun'', during the final attack on [[EvilTowerOfOminousness the Chaos stronghold]], Leonid sees a foe sneaking up behind the Lord ''White Plume Mountain'' has this as one of the Unfleshed and takes him out. The Lord hails him, [[FireForgedFriends "Now Justicar's main points:
-->'''Justicar:''' If they can hit
you Tribe!"]]
* In Creator/SandyMitchell's ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novel ''The Traitor's Hand'', Cain's final KillMeNowOrForeverStayYourHand was to tell Beije and the soldiers with him
-->''If
back, you're going doing something wrong.
%%* Happens in ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
* In Chris Roberson's ''Literature/ImperialFists'' novel ''Sons of Dorn'', Jean-Robur learns
to shoot us, you'll have to do it fight like a CombatPragmatist in the back.''
** The primary point of any of Cain's altruistic acts, heroics, etc. are to stop Guard units he is leading from shooting him in the back (as happens to other Commissars). Or so he insists, anyway. [[ShrugOfGod Even Sandy Mitchell himself isn't sure if Cain just doesn't give himself enough credit.]]
* Inquisitor {{Literature/Eisenhorn}} has the courtesy to wait until the enemy is facing him. Though he still shoves
his pistol in Eyeclone's mouth and fires while the renegade isn't expecting to spot him. Just imagine the OhCrap look on Eyeclone's face!
** And during our introduction to Bequin she saves Eisenhorn by
first battle, stabbing a thug through foe In the back of Back.
* ''In Literature/TheIronTeeth'' web serial
the neck.
* In Nick Kyme's novel ''Literature/{{Salamander|s}}'', the Salamander captain is shot
goblin protagonist loves loves stabbing people in the back. [[spoiler:At the climax, Dak'ir accuses the killer of having no honor back, probably because of it, he's fast, sneaky, and a renegade Space Marine such as he defends himself; he had to obey orders.]]almost completely without morals.



* In ''Literature/ColdMountain'', a minor character is terrified of being shot in the back, which would prove he was fleeing the battle. He is eventually shot in the chest, whilst running backwards.
* In C. S. Goto's ''Literature/BloodRavens'' novel ''Dawn of War: Ascension'', at the Blood Rites, aspirants are stabbed InTheBack by others whom they had trusted to guard their backs.
* In Chris Roberson's ''Literature/ImperialFists'' novel ''Sons of Dorn'', Jean-Robur learns to fight like a CombatPragmatist in his first battle, stabbing a foe In the Back.
* ''[[Literature/PhiloVance The Casino Murder Case]]'': The murderer is holding Philo Vance and district attorney John Markham at gunpoint. After shooting Vance, he tells Markham that since Markham is "only a cop at heart", he would shoot Markham in the back. Markham refuses to turn around. [[spoiler:Vance was PlayingPossum after switching the murderer's bullets for blanks, hoping TheCavalry, a.k.a. the NYPD, would kill the murderer and save everyone the hassle of a trial. It worked.]]
* Happens in one of the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' books, because the shrew in question is a {{Jerkass}} and a coward that throws his rapier at Log-a-log, killing him.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/RedNails", Literature/ConanTheBarbarian repeatedly tells Olmec that he has to go before Conan. When he forgets and pushes ahead because he heard a scream, Olmec does indeed attack from behind.

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* ''[[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]].)
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
**
In ''Literature/ColdMountain'', ''Literature/ReapersGale'' a minor character is terrified of being shot in the back, which would prove he was fleeing the battle. He is eventually shot in the chest, whilst running backwards.
* In C. S. Goto's ''Literature/BloodRavens'' novel ''Dawn of War: Ascension'', at the Blood Rites, aspirants are stabbed InTheBack
kills [[spoiler:Trull Sengar]] by others whom they had trusted to guard their backs.
* In Chris Roberson's ''Literature/ImperialFists'' novel ''Sons of Dorn'', Jean-Robur learns to fight like a CombatPragmatist in his first battle,
stabbing a foe In the Back.
* ''[[Literature/PhiloVance The Casino Murder Case]]'': The murderer is holding Philo Vance and district attorney John Markham at gunpoint. After shooting Vance, he tells Markham that since Markham is "only a cop at heart", he would shoot Markham
him in the back. Markham refuses to turn around. [[spoiler:Vance was PlayingPossum after switching back with a knife, thinking it's a TheDogBitesBack moment against the murderer's bullets for blanks, hoping TheCavalry, a.k.a. the NYPD, would kill the murderer and save everyone the hassle of a trial. It worked.]]
* Happens
latter's whole people.
** Also
in one of the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' books, because the shrew in question is a {{Jerkass}} and a coward that throws ''Literature/ReapersGale'' Clip kills [[spoiler: Fear Sengar]] with his rapier at Log-a-log, killing him.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/RedNails", Literature/ConanTheBarbarian repeatedly tells Olmec that he has to go before Conan. When he forgets and pushes ahead because he heard a scream, Olmec does indeed attack
garotte from behind.behind, while [[spoiler: Fear]] was trying to backstab Silchas Ruin.



* Happens in ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.



* In ''[[Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung Götterdämmerung]]'', Hagen stabs Siegfried in the back in a more elaborate version of the scene from the ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}''. In the opera, Brünhild had cast a spell that made Siegfried invulnerable from the front because she said she knew he would never turn his back on an enemy.

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* In ''[[Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung Götterdämmerung]]'', the ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}'', Hagen stabs spears Siegfried in the back in a more elaborate version of the scene from the ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}''. In the opera, Brünhild had cast a spell that made while Siegfried invulnerable is drinking water from a spring during a hunt. This also happens in most other versions of the front because she said she knew Siegfried story. (Siegfried's one vulnerable spot happened to be on his back, by the way).
** Which, [[FridgeLogic if you think about it]], is not so much cowardly as it is reasonable, unless you think your enemies ought to be obligated to attack you only in ways that cannot possibly harm you.
* In the Literature/PaladinOfShadows book ''Unto the Breach'' a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Keldara]] says that he doesn't like slaughtering people from ambush, even if it is very effective.
* ''[[Literature/PhiloVance The Casino Murder Case]]'': The murderer is holding Philo Vance and district attorney John Markham at gunpoint. After shooting Vance, he tells Markham that since Markham is "only a cop at heart",
he would never shoot Markham in the back. Markham refuses to turn around. [[spoiler:Vance was PlayingPossum after switching the murderer's bullets for blanks, hoping TheCavalry, a.k.a. the NYPD, would kill the murderer and save everyone the hassle of a trial. It worked.]]
* Happens in one of the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' books, because the shrew in question is a {{Jerkass}} and a coward that throws
his back on an enemy.rapier at Log-a-log, killing him.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/RedNails", Literature/ConanTheBarbarian repeatedly tells Olmec that he has to go before Conan. When he forgets and pushes ahead because he heard a scream, Olmec does indeed attack from behind.



* The ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' novel ''White Plume Mountain'' has this as one of The Justicar's main points:
-->'''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]].)
* Corelle Whistler shoots someone in the back in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. Aware of this trope and unwilling to look like a traitor or a coward, she justifies it, noting that the woman she shot was trying to kill Eldest.
* In the Literature/PaladinOfShadows book ''Unto the Breach'' a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Keldara]] says that he doesn't like slaughtering people from ambush, even if it is very effective.
* In the "Literature/DragonsInOurMidst” SequelSeries “Oracles of Fire", Billy is forced to {{deconstruct}} the morality of this trope after he kills Palin from behind and finds himself unable to access [[OnlyThePureOfHeart Excalibur’s powers]] afterwards.
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** In ''Literature/ReapersGale'' a minor character kills [[spoiler:Trull Sengar]] by stabbing him in the back with a knife, thinking it's a TheDogBitesBack moment against the the latter's whole people.
** Also in ''Literature/ReapersGale'' Clip kills [[spoiler: Fear Sengar]] with his garotte from behind, while [[spoiler: Fear]] was trying to backstab Silchas Ruin.
* ''In Literature/TheIronTeeth'' web serial the goblin protagonist loves loves stabbing people in the back, probably because he's fast, sneaky, and almost completely without morals.
* ''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.)

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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' ''The Takers'' by Jerry Ahern. When he's trapped on a yacht that's been hijacked by pirates, Josh Culhane has to do this. As he's a writer of action-adventure novels where TheHero isn't supposed to shoot people in the back it bothers him, but not enough to stop him from doing it, as he's outnumbered and needs every advantage.
* In ''Literature/TheTomorrowSeries'', this happens to [[spoiler: Corrie.]]
** [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Offscreen.]]
* In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
novel ''White Plume Mountain'' has this as one ''SpaceWolf'', a Chaos Space Marine tells Ragnar
-->''Do turn around, please. I want to look at you, for I never like shooting anyone in the back.''
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/{{Ultramarines}}'' novel ''Dead Sky Black Sun'', during the final attack on [[EvilTowerOfOminousness the Chaos stronghold]], Leonid sees a foe sneaking up behind the Lord
of the Unfleshed and takes him out. The Justicar's main points:
-->'''Justicar:''' If they can hit
Lord hails him, [[FireForgedFriends "Now you back, Tribe!"]]
* In Creator/SandyMitchell's ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novel ''The Traitor's Hand'', Cain's final KillMeNowOrForeverStayYourHand was to tell Beije and the soldiers with him
-->''If
you're doing something wrong.
* ''[[Literature/{{Lensman}} First Lensman]]'' opens with
going to shoot us, you'll have to do it in the visitor back.''
** The primary point of any of Cain's altruistic acts, heroics, etc. are
to a lab sneaking up on a scientist with a handgun and stop Guard units he is leading from shooting him in the back seven times, including twice in the head--only for every bullet (as happens 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]].)
* Corelle Whistler shoots someone in the back in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. Aware of this trope and unwilling to look like a traitor or a coward, she justifies it, noting that the woman she shot was trying to kill Eldest.
* In the Literature/PaladinOfShadows book ''Unto the Breach'' a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Keldara]] says that
other Commissars). Or so he insists, anyway. [[ShrugOfGod Even Sandy Mitchell himself isn't sure if Cain just doesn't like slaughtering people from ambush, even if it is very effective.
* In the "Literature/DragonsInOurMidst” SequelSeries “Oracles of Fire", Billy is forced to {{deconstruct}} the morality of this trope after he kills Palin from behind and finds
give himself unable enough credit.]]
* Inquisitor {{Literature/Eisenhorn}} has the courtesy
to access [[OnlyThePureOfHeart Excalibur’s powers]] afterwards.
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
wait until the enemy is facing him. Though he still shoves his pistol in Eyeclone's mouth and fires while the renegade isn't expecting to spot him. Just imagine the OhCrap look on Eyeclone's face!
** In ''Literature/ReapersGale'' a minor character kills [[spoiler:Trull Sengar]] And during our introduction to Bequin she saves Eisenhorn by stabbing him in a thug through the back with a knife, thinking it's a TheDogBitesBack moment against of the neck.
* In Nick Kyme's novel ''Literature/{{Salamander|s}}'',
the latter's whole people.
** Also in ''Literature/ReapersGale'' Clip kills [[spoiler: Fear Sengar]] with his garotte from behind, while [[spoiler: Fear]] was trying to backstab Silchas Ruin.
* ''In Literature/TheIronTeeth'' web serial the goblin protagonist loves loves stabbing people
Salamander captain is shot in the back, probably back. [[spoiler:At the climax, Dak'ir accuses the killer of having no honor because he's fast, sneaky, of it, and almost completely without morals.
* ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': In ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', the usurper King Miraz, who's tripped and fallen (leading
a renegade Space Marine such as he defends himself; he had 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.) obey orders.]]



* When Jack Bauer has to [[ShootYourMate shoot Nina Myers]] in the first season of ''Series/TwentyFour'', she insists strongly that he look at her when he does it. She's wearing a BulletproofVest.
* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''
-->'''Uncle Fester''': ''I'll shoot 'em in the back! Turn around!'' [signature line]



* On ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' Sam is killed the first time by a stab in the back. Subsequent deaths are much less dramatic, until three seasons later he jumps into Hell to save the world, and ''technically'' doesn't ''die''.
** In the Season 6 finale, Sam attempts to kill [[spoiler:Castiel, who has just declared himself God]] with a stab to the back. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]
** Also in the Season 6 finale, Castiel kills [[spoiler:Balthazar]] with a back stab. [[RuleOfSymbolism Symbolic]] in that he's punishing him for what he saw as [[EtTuBrute a betrayal]].
** Lucifer killed his brother [[spoiler: Gabriel]] this way.
* When Jack Bauer has to [[ShootYourMate shoot Nina Myers]] in the first season of ''Series/TwentyFour'', she insists strongly that he look at her when he does it. She's wearing a BulletproofVest.

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* On ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' Sam is killed In an episode of ''Series/BlakesSeven'' Tarrant refuses to shoot his duel opponent in the back (despite [[spoiler:his being an android]]), prompting cries of "KillHimAlready". He calls out his name, [[ValuesDissonance then shoots him]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Buffy finds herself facing the vampire prostitute [[YourCheatingHeart she earlier caught feeding on her]] LoveInterest Riley Finn. Initially Buffy lets her go, but her [[WomanScorned darker side takes over]] and she hurls a wooden spear into the vampire's back as she's running away.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': During the third season finale, ''All Hell Breaks Loose'', magic is exposed, and a madwoman bursts into the house before being (rightly) [[MindOverMatter ejected by Prue]]. The same woman returns with a rifle and shoots Piper in the back when she and Prue are talking in the living room. And Leo is in the Underworld, where he can't hear them.
* In the ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Masterpiece," Rossi stays pretty composed while the unsub of the week [[spoiler: tries and fails]] to kill his team and destroy him in various other ways. He loses it, however, when that same unsub attacks him from behind.
* Happens in ''Series/CSINy'',in the season finale where the bar the [=CSIs=] are sitting in is shot to bits by a suspect wanting revenge. However, it's mainly a result of the villain shooting anywhere and everywhere with some kind of automatic weapon and Danny, who was sitting closest to the window anyway, having thrown himself over Lindsay to protect his wife, leaving his back exposed.
** And later to Mac in 'Near Death'.
* Wild Bill Hickock's ultimate fate in ''{{Series/Deadwood}}''.
* This is where Jimmy is shot in ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'', causing him to be paralyzed from the waist down for the remainder of his time on the program. This is also where JT is fatally stabbed.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWho2016CSTheReturnOfDoctorMysterio "The Return of Doctor Mysterio"]], when being held at gunpoint by Dr. Sim, the Doctor challenges Sim to shoot him, Nardole and Lucy Fletcher in the back so he won't be able to claim self-defence. They then get rescued by the Ghost.
* Mal's final conversation with Simon in the pilot of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' has these words assuring Simon that he won't kill him in his sleep: "You don't know me, son, so let me put this to you plainly. If I ever kill you, you will be awake, you will be facing me, and you will be armed." Given Mal's later nature as a CombatPragmatist, this seems more an acceptance of Simon and his sister into Mal's TrueCompanions than anything else. Creator/JossWhedon suggests sardonically that Mal just has a ''very particular'' code of honor that will let him shoot an unarmed, surrendering enemy...but only in the front.
** Alternatively, the monologue could be taken to mean that Mal just plain isn't going to try and kill Simon, and would only do so if Simon was trying to kill him.
** A bit of Fridge Brilliance here, Dobson was awake, armed and looking at Mal when he was killed. [[spoiler:The
first time by a stab in the back. Subsequent deaths are much less dramatic, until three seasons later he jumps into Hell to save the world, and ''technically'' doesn't ''die''.
** In the Season 6 finale, Sam attempts to kill [[spoiler:Castiel, who has just declared himself God]] with a stab to the back. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.
anyways.]]
** Also After [[spoiler:Jayne betrays Simon and River for money,]] Mal calls [[spoiler:him]] out on it:
--> '''Mal''': The next time you stab me
in the Season 6 finale, Castiel kills [[spoiler:Balthazar]] back, have the guts to [[{{Metaphorgotten}} do it to my face.]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Jaime Lannister offed [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Mad King]] in this fashion, seventeen years before the beginning of the show. AndThereWasMuchRejoicing. Though even though the Mad King was obviously completely unfit to rule and a danger to the entire kingdom, Jaime was called "Kingslayer" from then on and was met
with a back stab. [[RuleOfSymbolism Symbolic]] in disdain from LawfulGood (or LawfulStupid, if you prefer) characters like Ned Stark, who believed that he's punishing him for what he saw did was dishonorable. [[spoiler:This despite the fact that he did it to prevent him from burning down and killing everyone in King's Landing.]] Lampshaded in the TV series. "Tell me; if I'd stabbed the Mad King in the belly instead of the back, would you admire me more?"
** Inverted when FieryRedhead Ygritte puts three arrows into Jon Snow (two in the back and one in the thigh)
as [[EtTuBrute a betrayal]].
he rides off to warn the Night's Watch of the impending wildling attack. It's actually [[TheMole Jon who betrayed her]], but [[YouWouldntShootMe he thinks she won't shoot]] because they love each other. As Ygritte is fond of pointing out, he knows nothing.
** Lucifer killed To the shock of Bran Stark, who's been raised on the heroic legend of his brother 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'd been PlayingPossum after getting stabbed earlier) saves young Ned by stabbing Ser Dayne through the back of his throat.
** Lord Commander Mormont is mortally wounded this way by one of his own disgruntled men.
** Ralf Kenning gets an axe to the head for refusing to surrender.
* ''HaveGunWillTravel'' episode "The Colonel and the Lady"
-->'''Clay Sommers''': ''Head-on, from the side, in the back; nobody's gonna make a fair fight out of it. We see you, we shoot.''
* Horatio Hornblower is nearly stabbed in the back in the [[Series/HoratioHornblower mini-series]], by a furious and humiliated
[[spoiler: Gabriel]] this way.
* When Jack Bauer has to [[ShootYourMate shoot Nina Myers]] in the first season of ''Series/TwentyFour'', she insists strongly that he look at her when he does it. She's wearing
Simpson]], but is saved by [[spoiler: a BulletproofVest.truly excellent shot by [[AFatherToHisMen Captain Pellew]]]].



* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Garak on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' had no qualms about this. Being pragmatic is the Cardassian way, especially if you've received TrainingFromHell meant to prepare you for the life of an operative. In "Call to Arms" he notes to Odo that when he and Gul Dukat were fighting to keep the Klingons away from the Detapa Council in "The Way of the Warrior" he had an opportunity to shoot Dukat in the back for just a moment.
--->'''[[TheJudge Odo]]:''' You'd shoot a man in the back?\\
'''[[MagnificentBastard Garak]]:''' It's the safest way, isn't it? But then I thought, "oh, no, I can't fight all these Klingons by myself." So I let him live.\\
'''Odo:''' And now you regret it.\\
'''Garak:''' Ah, my dear Constable, before this day is over everyone on this ''station'' is going to regret it.
** In "The Changing Face of Evil", Gul Dukat disguised as a Bajoran convinces Kai Winn to align towards the Pa-Wraiths. Winn's assistant finds this out and a conflicted Winn stabs the assistant in the back.
* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''
-->'''Uncle Fester''': ''I'll shoot 'em in the back! Turn around!'' [signature line]
* ''HaveGunWillTravel'' episode "The Colonel and the Lady"
-->'''Clay Sommers''': ''Head-on, from the side, in the back; nobody's gonna make a fair fight out of it. We see you, we shoot.''

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Garak on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' had no qualms about this. Being pragmatic is
''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' - [[TheDragon Damaras]] forces Basco into an alliance against the Cardassian way, especially if you've received TrainingFromHell meant heroes [[spoiler: to prepare you for avenge Warz.]] Basco betrays Damaras the life of an operative. In "Call to Arms" he notes to Odo that when he very next episode, and Gul Dukat were fighting appears out of nowhere to keep literally backstab him the Klingons away from the Detapa Council in "The Way of the Warrior" second he had an opportunity to shoot Dukat in the back for just a moment.
--->'''[[TheJudge Odo]]:''' You'd shoot a man in the back?\\
'''[[MagnificentBastard Garak]]:''' It's the safest way, isn't it? But then I thought, "oh, no, I can't fight all these Klingons by myself." So I let him live.\\
'''Odo:''' And now you regret it.\\
'''Garak:''' Ah, my dear Constable, before this day is over everyone on this ''station'' is going to regret it.
realizes.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}''
** In the season 4 finale, Keamy criticizes Richard for shooting him in the back (which also wasn't effective because Keamy was heavily armored.) Richard hadn't had a choice, though, as Keamy was grappling with Sayid at the time.
** In "The Changing Face of Evil", Gul Dukat disguised as a Bajoran convinces Kai Winn to align towards the Pa-Wraiths. Winn's assistant finds this out and a conflicted Winn stabs the assistant Variable," [[spoiler:Eloise shoots Daniel, her own son, in the back.
* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''
-->'''Uncle Fester''': ''I'll shoot 'em in the back! Turn around!'' [signature line]
* ''HaveGunWillTravel'' episode "The Colonel and the Lady"
-->'''Clay Sommers''': ''Head-on, from the side, in the back; nobody's gonna make a fair fight out of it. We see you, we shoot.''
back.]]



* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
** Happens as a virtual RunningGag in "Matsya Nyaya" due to that episode's theme of betrayal.
** In "RAM" the EstablishingCharacterMoment of Mr. Dillinger is him shooting a criminal in the back -- the man was about to murder a DamselInDistress, but it foreshadows that Dillinger is a more treacherous and amoral character than Reese (who prefers {{kneecapping}} in line with Team Machine's ThouShaltNotKill policy).



* Mal's final conversation with Simon in the pilot of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' has these words assuring Simon that he won't kill him in his sleep: "You don't know me, son, so let me put this to you plainly. If I ever kill you, you will be awake, you will be facing me, and you will be armed." Given Mal's later nature as a CombatPragmatist, this seems more an acceptance of Simon and his sister into Mal's TrueCompanions than anything else. Creator/JossWhedon suggests sardonically that Mal just has a ''very particular'' code of honor that will let him shoot an unarmed, surrendering enemy...but only in the front.
** Alternatively, the monologue could be taken to mean that Mal just plain isn't going to try and kill Simon, and would only do so if Simon was trying to kill him.
** A bit of Fridge Brilliance here, Dobson was awake, armed and looking at Mal when he was killed. [[spoiler:The first time anyways.]]
** After [[spoiler:Jayne betrays Simon and River for money,]] Mal calls [[spoiler:him]] out on it:
--> '''Mal''': The next time you stab me in the back, have the guts to [[{{Metaphorgotten}} do it to my face.]]
* ''Series/RedDwarf''

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* Mal's final conversation with Simon in the pilot of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' has these words assuring Simon that he won't kill him in his sleep: "You don't know me, son, so let me put this to you plainly. If I ever kill you, you will be awake, you will be facing me, and you will be armed." Given Mal's later nature as a CombatPragmatist, this seems more an acceptance of Simon and his sister into Mal's TrueCompanions than anything else. Creator/JossWhedon suggests sardonically that Mal just has a ''very particular'' code of honor that will let him shoot an unarmed, surrendering enemy...but only in the front.
** Alternatively, the monologue could be taken to mean that Mal just plain isn't going to try and kill Simon, and would only do so if Simon was trying to kill him.
** A bit of Fridge Brilliance here, Dobson was awake, armed and looking at Mal when he was killed. [[spoiler:The first time anyways.]]
** After [[spoiler:Jayne betrays Simon and River for money,]] Mal calls [[spoiler:him]] out on it:
--> '''Mal''': The next time you stab me in the back, have the guts to [[{{Metaphorgotten}} do it to my face.]]
* ''Series/RedDwarf''



* ''Series/{{Lost}}''
** In the season 4 finale, Keamy criticizes Richard for shooting him in the back (which also wasn't effective because Keamy was heavily armored.) Richard hadn't had a choice, though, as Keamy was grappling with Sayid at the time.
** In "The Variable," [[spoiler:Eloise shoots Daniel, her own son, in the back.]]



* In an episode of ''Series/BlakesSeven'' Tarrant refuses to shoot his duel opponent in the back (despite [[spoiler:his being an android]]), prompting cries of "KillHimAlready". He calls out his name, [[ValuesDissonance then shoots him]].
* Wild Bill Hickock's ultimate fate in ''{{Series/Deadwood}}''.
* Horatio Hornblower is nearly stabbed in the back in the [[Series/HoratioHornblower mini-series]], by a furious and humiliated [[spoiler: Simpson]], but is saved by [[spoiler: a truly excellent shot by [[AFatherToHisMen Captain Pellew]]]].
* This is where Jimmy is shot in ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'', causing him to be paralyzed from the waist down for the remainder of his time on the program. This is also where JT is fatally stabbed.
* In the ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Masterpiece," Rossi stays pretty composed while the unsub of the week [[spoiler: tries and fails]] to kill his team and destroy him in various other ways. He loses it, however, when that same unsub attacks him from behind.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Jaime Lannister offed [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Mad King]] in this fashion, seventeen years before the beginning of the show. AndThereWasMuchRejoicing. Though even though the Mad King was obviously completely unfit to rule and a danger to the entire kingdom, Jaime was called "Kingslayer" from then on and was met with disdain from LawfulGood (or LawfulStupid, if you prefer) characters like Ned Stark, who believed that what he did was dishonorable. [[spoiler:This despite the fact that he did it to prevent him from burning down and killing everyone in King's Landing.]] Lampshaded in the TV series. "Tell me; if I'd stabbed the Mad King in the belly instead of the back, would you admire me more?"
** Inverted when FieryRedhead Ygritte puts three arrows into Jon Snow (two in the back and one in the thigh) as he rides off to warn the Night's Watch of the impending wildling attack. It's actually [[TheMole Jon who betrayed her]], but [[YouWouldntShootMe he thinks she won't shoot]] because they love each other. As Ygritte is fond of pointing out, he knows nothing.
** 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'd been PlayingPossum after getting stabbed earlier) saves young Ned by stabbing Ser Dayne through the back of his throat.
** Lord Commander Mormont is mortally wounded this way by one of his own disgruntled men.
** Ralf Kenning gets an axe to the head for refusing to surrender.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Buffy finds herself facing the vampire prostitute [[YourCheatingHeart she earlier caught feeding on her]] LoveInterest Riley Finn. Initially Buffy lets her go, but her [[WomanScorned darker side takes over]] and she hurls a wooden spear into the vampire's back as she's running away.
* Happens in ''Series/CSINy'',in the season finale where the bar the [=CSIs=] are sitting in is shot to bits by a suspect wanting revenge. However, it's mainly a result of the villain shooting anywhere and everywhere with some kind of automatic weapon and Danny, who was sitting closest to the window anyway, having thrown himself over Lindsay to protect his wife, leaving his back exposed.
** And later to Mac in 'Near Death'.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
** Happens as a virtual RunningGag in "Matsya Nyaya" due to that episode's theme of betrayal.
** In "RAM" the EstablishingCharacterMoment of Mr. Dillinger is him shooting a criminal in the back -- the man was about to murder a DamselInDistress, but it foreshadows that Dillinger is a more treacherous and amoral character than Reese (who prefers {{kneecapping}} in line with Team Machine's ThouShaltNotKill policy).
* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' - [[TheDragon Damaras]] forces Basco into an alliance against the heroes [[spoiler: to avenge Warz.]] Basco betrays Damaras the very next episode, and appears out of nowhere to literally backstab him the second he realizes.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': During the third season finale, ''All Hell Breaks Loose'', magic is exposed, and a madwoman bursts into the house before being (rightly) [[MindOverMatter ejected by Prue]]. The same woman returns with a rifle and shoots Piper in the back when she and Prue are talking in the living room. And Leo is in the Underworld, where he can't hear them.

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* In an episode the AlternateTimeline of ''Series/BlakesSeven'' Tarrant refuses to shoot ''Film/StargateContinuum'', [[MagnificentBastard Ba'al]] has become the Supreme System Lord and has taken Qetesh (in Vala's body) as his duel opponent bride. However, when Qetesh sees that Ba'al is not being as "[[StupidEvil Goa'uldey]]" as he should (he doesn't want to destroy Earth out of pragmatism), she stabs him in the back (despite [[spoiler:his being an android]]), prompting cries of "KillHimAlready". He calls out his name, [[ValuesDissonance then with a [[SharpenedToASingleAtom monomolecular]] blade. She tries to get Teal'c's cooperation, but he retorts that she'll kill Ba'al anyway. She does.
** There are other cases in ''Series/StargateSG1'' itself, including the good guys. For example, Teal'c's android copy
shoots him]].
* Wild Bill Hickock's ultimate fate in ''{{Series/Deadwood}}''.
* Horatio Hornblower is nearly stabbed
Cronus in the back with a staff weapon in revenge for killing Teal'c's father.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Garak on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' had no qualms about this. Being pragmatic is
the [[Series/HoratioHornblower mini-series]], by a furious Cardassian way, especially if you've received TrainingFromHell meant to prepare you for the life of an operative. In "Call to Arms" he notes to Odo that when he and humiliated [[spoiler: Simpson]], but is saved by [[spoiler: a truly excellent shot by [[AFatherToHisMen Captain Pellew]]]].
* This is where Jimmy is shot in ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'', causing him
Gul Dukat were fighting to be paralyzed keep the Klingons away from the waist down for the remainder of his time on the program. This is also where JT is fatally stabbed.
* In the ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Masterpiece," Rossi stays pretty composed while the unsub
Detapa Council in "The Way of the week [[spoiler: tries and fails]] Warrior" he had an opportunity to kill his team and destroy him in various other ways. He loses it, however, when that same unsub attacks him from behind.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Jaime Lannister offed [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Mad King]] in this fashion, seventeen years before the beginning of the show. AndThereWasMuchRejoicing. Though even though the Mad King was obviously completely unfit to rule and a danger to the entire kingdom, Jaime was called "Kingslayer" from then on and was met with disdain from LawfulGood (or LawfulStupid, if you prefer) characters like Ned Stark, who believed that what he did was dishonorable. [[spoiler:This despite the fact that he did it to prevent him from burning down and killing everyone in King's Landing.]] Lampshaded in the TV series. "Tell me; if I'd stabbed the Mad King in the belly instead of the back, would you admire me more?"
** Inverted when FieryRedhead Ygritte puts three arrows into Jon Snow (two
shoot Dukat in the back and one for just a moment.
--->'''[[TheJudge Odo]]:''' You'd shoot a man
in the thigh) as he rides off to warn the Night's Watch of the impending wildling attack. back?\\
'''[[MagnificentBastard Garak]]:'''
It's actually [[TheMole Jon who betrayed her]], but [[YouWouldntShootMe he thinks she won't shoot]] because they love each other. As Ygritte is fond of pointing out, he knows nothing.
** 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 safest way, isn't it? But then I thought, "oh, no, I can't fight all these Klingons by myself." So I let him what really happened. Ser Dayne had defeated all of his opponents and was about to kill Ned Stark, when Howland Reed (who'd been PlayingPossum after getting stabbed earlier) saves young Ned by stabbing Ser Dayne through the back of his throat.
** Lord Commander Mormont is mortally wounded
live.\\
'''Odo:''' And now you regret it.\\
'''Garak:''' Ah, my dear Constable, before
this way by one of his own disgruntled men.
** Ralf Kenning gets an axe to the head for refusing to surrender.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Buffy finds herself facing the vampire prostitute [[YourCheatingHeart she earlier caught feeding on her]] LoveInterest Riley Finn. Initially Buffy lets her go, but her [[WomanScorned darker side takes over]] and she hurls a wooden spear into the vampire's back as she's running away.
* Happens in ''Series/CSINy'',in the season finale where the bar the [=CSIs=] are sitting in
day is shot to bits by a suspect wanting revenge. However, it's mainly a result of the villain shooting anywhere and everywhere with some kind of automatic weapon and Danny, who was sitting closest to the window anyway, having thrown himself over Lindsay everyone on this ''station'' is going to protect his wife, leaving his back exposed.
** And later to Mac in 'Near Death'.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
** Happens as a virtual RunningGag in "Matsya Nyaya" due to that episode's theme of betrayal.
** In "RAM" the EstablishingCharacterMoment of Mr. Dillinger is him shooting a criminal in the back -- the man was about to murder a DamselInDistress, but it foreshadows that Dillinger is a more treacherous and amoral character than Reese (who prefers {{kneecapping}} in line with Team Machine's ThouShaltNotKill policy).
* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' - [[TheDragon Damaras]] forces Basco into an alliance against the heroes [[spoiler: to avenge Warz.]] Basco betrays Damaras the very next episode, and appears out of nowhere to literally backstab him the second he realizes.
regret it.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': During ** In "The Changing Face of Evil", Gul Dukat disguised as a Bajoran convinces Kai Winn to align towards the third season Pa-Wraiths. Winn's assistant finds this out and a conflicted Winn stabs the assistant in the back.
* On ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' Sam is killed the first time by a stab in the back. Subsequent deaths are much less dramatic, until three seasons later he jumps into Hell to save the world, and ''technically'' doesn't ''die''.
** In the Season 6
finale, ''All Hell Breaks Loose'', magic is exposed, and a madwoman bursts into the house before being (rightly) [[MindOverMatter ejected by Prue]]. The same woman returns Sam attempts to kill [[spoiler:Castiel, who has just declared himself God]] with a rifle and shoots Piper stab to the back. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]
** Also
in the Season 6 finale, Castiel kills [[spoiler:Balthazar]] with a back when she and Prue are talking stab. [[RuleOfSymbolism Symbolic]] in the living room. And Leo is in the Underworld, where that he's punishing him for what he can't hear them.saw as [[EtTuBrute a betrayal]].
** Lucifer killed his brother [[spoiler: Gabriel]] this way.



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* In ''[[Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung Götterdämmerung]]'', Hagen stabs Siegfried in the back in a more elaborate version of the scene from the ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}''. In the opera, Brünhild had cast a spell that made Siegfried invulnerable from the front because she said she knew he would never turn his back on an enemy.
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* At the end of "Diversity Hire" in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Conway Stern stabs Archer in the back immediately after saving Archer from two Cuban hit squads.
-->'''Archer:''' Conway, buddy, are there more Cuban hitmen behind me?
-->'''Conway:''' Nope.
-->'''Archer:''' You dick.
* In the Season 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Aang's attempt to enter the [[SuperMode Avatar State]] is promptly shut down by [[CombatPragmatist Azula]] putting a lightning bolt into his back.
** Commander Zhao attempts to hit Zuko in the back when they fight a duel early in Season 1 (Zuko having just won). Unfortunately for Zhao, Iroh is right there and knocks him on his back, berating Zhao for his lack of honor.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'', TheBaroness isn't having much luck against Snake Eyes, so when he turns to face Storm Shadow, she takes the opportunity to get in a free hit (and earns a ''very'' threatening reproach from [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou Storm Shadow]]).
* This is how [[spoiler:Brainiac 5]] kills Imperiex in the ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' cartoon.



* This is how [[spoiler:Brainiac 5]] kills Imperiex in the ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' cartoon.
* In the Season 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Aang's attempt to enter the [[SuperMode Avatar State]] is promptly shut down by [[CombatPragmatist Azula]] putting a lightning bolt into his back.
** Commander Zhao attempts to hit Zuko in the back when they fight a duel early in Season 1 (Zuko having just won). Unfortunately for Zhao, Iroh is right there and knocks him on his back, berating Zhao for his lack of honor.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'', TheBaroness isn't having much luck against Snake Eyes, so when he turns to face Storm Shadow, she takes the opportunity to get in a free hit (and earns a ''very'' threatening reproach from [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou Storm Shadow]]).
* At the end of "Diversity Hire" in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Conway Stern stabs Archer in the back immediately after saving Archer from two Cuban hit squads.
-->'''Archer:''' Conway, buddy, are there more Cuban hitmen behind me?
-->'''Conway:''' Nope.
-->'''Archer:''' You dick.
* In TMNT 2012, [[spoiler:Shredder kills Splinter with a stab through the back in the Season 3 finale.]]


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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS2E13VoyageOfTemptation "Voyage of Temptation"]], Anakin kills the treacherous [[spoiler:Tal Merrik]] this way.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E14LegacyOfMandalore "Legacy of Mandalore"]], [[spoiler:Gar Saxon attempts this twice. First, he tries to sneak up on Ursa Wren with the Darksaber, but Sabine and Ezra see him, and Ezra loans Sabine his lightsaber so she can stop him. Second, after Sabine defeats him, he tries to shoot her in the back while she's walking away, but Ursa sees him drawing his blaster and shoots him first.]]


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* In TMNT 2012, [[spoiler:Shredder kills Splinter with a stab through the back in the Season 3 finale.]]
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* In the British news magazine Private Eye, the section where all the really scandalous stories about incompetence and/or malfeasance in public office can be found, is located, and appropriately titled, In The Back.
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* Jaime Lannister offed [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Mad King]] in this fashion, seventeen years before the beginning of the show. AndThereWasMuchRejoicing. Though even though the Mad King was obviously completely unfit to rule and a danger to the entire kingdom, Jaime was called "Kingslayer" from then on and was met with disdain from LawfulGood (or LawfulStupid, if you prefer) characters like Ned Stark, who believed that what he did was dishonorable. [[spoiler:This despite the fact that he did it to prevent him from burning down and killing everyone in King's Landing.]] Lampshaded in the TV series. "Tell me; if I'd stabbed the Mad King in the belly instead of the back, would you admire me more?"

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* ** Jaime Lannister offed [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Mad King]] in this fashion, seventeen years before the beginning of the show. AndThereWasMuchRejoicing. Though even though the Mad King was obviously completely unfit to rule and a danger to the entire kingdom, Jaime was called "Kingslayer" from then on and was met with disdain from LawfulGood (or LawfulStupid, if you prefer) characters like Ned Stark, who believed that what he did was dishonorable. [[spoiler:This despite the fact that he did it to prevent him from burning down and killing everyone in King's Landing.]] Lampshaded in the TV series. "Tell me; if I'd stabbed the Mad King in the belly instead of the back, would you admire me more?"
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* Jaime Lannister offed [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Mad King]] in this fashion, seventeen years before the beginning of ''Series/GameOfThrones''. AndThereWasMuchRejoicing.
** Though even though the Mad King was obviously completely unfit to rule and a danger to the entire kingdom, Jaime was called "Kingslayer" from then on and was met with disdain from LawfulGood (or LawfulStupid, if you prefer) characters like Ned Stark, who believed that what he did was dishonorable. [[spoiler:This despite the fact that he did it to prevent him from burning down and killing everyone in King's Landing.]]
** Lampshaded in the TV series. "Tell me; if I'd stabbed the Mad King in the belly instead of the back, would you admire me more?"

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
* Jaime Lannister offed [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Mad King]] in this fashion, seventeen years before the beginning of ''Series/GameOfThrones''. AndThereWasMuchRejoicing.
**
the show. AndThereWasMuchRejoicing. Though even though the Mad King was obviously completely unfit to rule and a danger to the entire kingdom, Jaime was called "Kingslayer" from then on and was met with disdain from LawfulGood (or LawfulStupid, if you prefer) characters like Ned Stark, who believed that what he did was dishonorable. [[spoiler:This despite the fact that he did it to prevent him from burning down and killing everyone in King's Landing.]]
**
]] Lampshaded in the TV series. "Tell me; if I'd stabbed the Mad King in the belly instead of the back, would you admire me more?"


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** Lord Commander Mormont is mortally wounded this way by one of his own disgruntled men.
** Ralf Kenning gets an axe to the head for refusing to surrender.
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* In Creator/TadWilliams's ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' trilogy, Rachel the Dragon attempts to stab [[TheDragon Pryrates]] in the back with a kitchen knife. It doesn't work.

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* In Creator/TadWilliams's ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' trilogy, Rachel the Dragon attempts to stab [[TheDragon Pryrates]] in the back with a kitchen knife. It doesn't work.



** ''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]].

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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 ''[[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords 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]].
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* ''{{Film/She|1965}}'': While Billali is struggling with Leo over who gets immortality, Ayesha stabs Billali in the back.
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