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13th Aug '16 4:44:31 PM nombretomado
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This trope is often used to segue a character from your average guy to a cold blooded killer; the more he's had to kill, the less he cares each time he's done it. It's also usually part of the backstory for an HitmanWithAHeart. Occasionally it also is invoked in crime dramas in storylines where use of deadly force by police officers becomes part of the story (most notably the DirtyHarry films), wherein idealistic characters (often newbie cadets who have had to end a life for the first time) express fear of this trope. A first kill scenario often occurs in films and TV series involving newbie officers/agents, with "it gets easier" often implied if the character proceeds to amass a body count as the film/series goes on without any apparent ill effects.

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This trope is often used to segue a character from your average guy to a cold blooded killer; the more he's had to kill, the less he cares each time he's done it. It's also usually part of the backstory for an HitmanWithAHeart. Occasionally it also is invoked in crime dramas in storylines where use of deadly force by police officers becomes part of the story (most notably the DirtyHarry ''Film/DirtyHarry'' films), wherein idealistic characters (often newbie cadets who have had to end a life for the first time) express fear of this trope. A first kill scenario often occurs in films and TV series involving newbie officers/agents, with "it gets easier" often implied if the character proceeds to amass a body count as the film/series goes on without any apparent ill effects.



* ''Series/LadyBlue'': An obscure 1980s series featuring a female DirtyHarry-like policewoman character who has killed so many people she no longer bats an eyelash when she has to fire her gun. The original pilot TV movie calls this into question when she finds herself at an inquiry over her actions.

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* ''Series/LadyBlue'': An obscure 1980s series featuring a female DirtyHarry-like Film/DirtyHarry-like policewoman character who has killed so many people she no longer bats an eyelash when she has to fire her gun. The original pilot TV movie calls this into question when she finds herself at an inquiry over her actions.
9th Aug '16 1:09:54 AM Psyclone
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'''Dryden''': Made you feel it, did he? Well, you needn't worry. [[KilledMidSentence The second is]]--\\

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'''Dryden''': -->'''Dryden''': Made you feel it, did he? Well, you needn't worry. [[KilledMidSentence The second is]]--\\
9th Aug '16 1:09:17 AM Psyclone
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-->'''Dryden''': Made you feel it, did he? Well, you needn't worry. [[KilledMidSentence The second is]]--''(gets shot by Bond)''
-->'''Bond''': [[BondOneLiner Yes. Considerably.]]

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-->'''Dryden''': '''Dryden''': Made you feel it, did he? Well, you needn't worry. [[KilledMidSentence The second is]]--''(gets shot by Bond)''
-->'''Bond''':
is]]--\\
'''Bond''': ''[Shoots Dryden]''
[[BondOneLiner Yes. Considerably.]]
25th Jul '16 4:18:27 PM Psyclone
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** The [[VideoGame/HotlineMiami2WrongNumber sequel]] muddies this even further by revealing that [[spoiler:Jacket was a former Spec-Ops soldier.]]
17th Jul '16 6:16:31 AM JackG
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* Lampshaded in the UsefulNotes/ColdWar thriller ''An H-Bomb for Alice'' by Ian Stewart. When TheMole takes several hostages, he says he's already committed one murder and [[ImpliedDeathThreat they say that the next one is a lot easier]].

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* Lampshaded in the UsefulNotes/ColdWar thriller ''An H-Bomb for Alice'' by Ian Stewart. When TheMole takes several hostages, he says warns them not to resist as he's already committed one murder and [[ImpliedDeathThreat they say that the next one is a lot easier]].
17th Jul '16 6:14:52 AM JackG
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* Lampshaded in the UsefulNotes/ColdWar thriller ''An H-Bomb for Alice'' by Ian Stewart. When TheMole takes several hostages, he says he's already committed one murder and [[ImpliedDeathThreat they say that the next one is a lot easier]].
11th Jun '16 3:56:28 PM nombretomado
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* [[EnforcedTrope Enforced]] in the ''SwordOfTruth'' series, with the titular weapon. The Sword of Truth inflicts guilt on its wielder every time they kill a person. However, the first time a person kills, the sword inflicts significantly more, to acclimate itself to its new wielder. It's a plot point that being very angry insulates someone somewhat to the sword's guilt, but [[spoiler: the MercyKill mode of the sword]] insulates the user completely, because [[spoiler: the user is inflicting guilt on himself or herself without the help of the sword]].

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* [[EnforcedTrope Enforced]] in the ''SwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, with the titular weapon. The Sword of Truth inflicts guilt on its wielder every time they kill a person. However, the first time a person kills, the sword inflicts significantly more, to acclimate itself to its new wielder. It's a plot point that being very angry insulates someone somewhat to the sword's guilt, but [[spoiler: the MercyKill mode of the sword]] insulates the user completely, because [[spoiler: the user is inflicting guilt on himself or herself without the help of the sword]].
7th Jun '16 6:45:34 AM TechPriest90
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* Zig-zagged in the form of a page quote in the book ''Necropolis'' by DanAbnett. A medic is describing his mindset to survive during his long service to the Imperium.
-->The worst campaign, I think, was the first I fought alongside. Since then, I have seen much, much more and things that were far worse, but I have blocked it out. The soul can stand only so much before it shatters.
24th May '16 5:40:09 PM TheSinful
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* Harry eventually learns in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11669575/13/For-Love-of-Magic For Love of Magic]]'' that he's gained a far more blase attitude towards killing after [[spoiler:murdering Pettigrew]] due to the cracks in his soul that let the Dark in.
9th May '16 4:55:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied in ''TheMikado''. The "Lord High Executioner", Ko-Ko, charmed his way into the position, and since no one's been sentenced to death so far, he's essentially just a figurehead. However, when the time comes for him to make his first kill, Ko-Ko protests, "Why, I never even killed a blue-bottle!"

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* Parodied in ''TheMikado''.''Theatre/TheMikado''. The "Lord High Executioner", Ko-Ko, charmed his way into the position, and since no one's been sentenced to death so far, he's essentially just a figurehead. However, when the time comes for him to make his first kill, Ko-Ko protests, "Why, I never even killed a blue-bottle!"
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