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27th Mar '17 2:16:31 AM Adept
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* In {{Utawarerumono}}, After Hakuouro completely defeats fellow Emperor and friend Kuya, he stands in front of her barely functional HumongousMecha... and surrenders. If she kills him, she will have won the war she's practically lost, her country will flourish, and her people will no longer be [[FantasticRacism persecuted]]. Kuya realizes she can't kill a friend in cold blood, and moreover, that cooperation is what she should have tried, rather than forced unification. Unfortunately, things [[MindScrew go downhill]] [[BigNo from there]] [[BreakTheCutie rather quickly]].

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* In {{Utawarerumono}}, ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}'', After Hakuouro completely defeats fellow Emperor and friend Kuya, he stands in front of her barely functional HumongousMecha... and surrenders. If she kills him, she will have won the war she's practically lost, her country will flourish, and her people will no longer be [[FantasticRacism persecuted]]. Kuya realizes she can't kill a friend in cold blood, and moreover, that cooperation is what she should have tried, rather than forced unification. Unfortunately, things [[MindScrew go downhill]] [[BigNo from there]] [[BreakTheCutie rather quickly]].
9th Feb '17 6:12:01 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The Hound invites Arya to take a swing at his head with a rock, but if she fails he will break both her hands. AnswerCut to a sulking Arya riding on the Hound's horse.
** Tywin Lannister orders his guards to leave him alone with HotBlooded Oberyn Martell, who is genre savvy enough to know he will not survive the attempt.
29th Oct '16 7:37:27 PM JackG
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* In his autobiography ''About Face'', Colonel David Hackworth is responsible for toughening up a unit in Vietnam, and makes himself so unpopular that a rumor spreads about a contract on his life. When the company supposedly responsible for this contract comes under fire, Hackworth decides to call their bluff by advancing out in front of them so even the most inadequate marksman could hit him. It works perfectly because the troops were more concerned with getting out of the ambush (and hoped their CO would help them do that) than settling scores.
24th Oct '16 5:37:00 PM Eievie
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This trope describes the situation where 1) Alice has a reason to kill Bob, 2) Bob knows this, and 3) Bob decides that the best way to handle Alice is to get both of them alone together and give her exactly what she wants--a chance to take his life.

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This trope describes the situation where 1) Alice where
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has a reason to kill Bob, 2) Bob Bob.
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knows this, and 3) Bob this.
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decides that the best way to handle Alice is to get both of them alone together and give her exactly what she wants--a chance to take his life.
15th Sep '16 12:22:58 AM PaulA
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* Used in Orson Scott Card's ''[[EndersGame Ender in Exile]]''. However, while [[DeadGuyJunior Achilles Jr.]] does stop short of killing Ender, he does beat the shit out of him.

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* Used in Orson Scott Card's ''[[EndersGame Ender in Exile]]''.''Literature/EnderInExile''. However, while [[DeadGuyJunior Achilles Jr.]] does stop short of killing Ender, he does beat the shit out of him.
13th Sep '16 4:11:58 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''Anime/DragonBallGT'': Naturon Shenron pulls this on Goku during their fight, after [[TheAssimilator absorbing Pan]].


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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': After Arlong is released from prison, thanks to Jinbe becoming a Warlord, an unimpressed Arlong decides to break away from the Sunny Pirates and lead his own crew again, promising to spread the hatred of the Fishmen for humans wherever he goes, and goads Jinbe to kill him where he stands if he has a problem with it. Jinbe is so enraged that Tiger's last wishes were going to waste that he nearly does by savagely beating him, but he stops at the last moment, as he could never could bring himself to kill his own "brother".
11th Aug '16 8:11:01 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Shards of Honor]]'', Aral Vorkosigan deals with a mutineer by giving him a gun and sitting down with his back to him.
** "I told him I couldn't work with a man who made my shoulder blades itch, and this was the last chance I was going to give him for [[KlingonPromotion instant promotion]]." The man is ''badass''.
*** Subverted in that Aral admits he didn't know if it would work, and the reason he did it was that he was so damned ''tired'' he didn't ''care'' if he killed him or not.

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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Shards of Honor]]'', ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'', Aral Vorkosigan deals with a mutineer by giving him a gun and sitting down with his back to him.
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him. "I told him I couldn't work with a man who made my shoulder blades itch, and this was the last chance I was going to give him for [[KlingonPromotion instant promotion]]." The man is ''badass''.
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Subverted in that Aral admits he didn't know if it would work, and the reason he did it was that he was so damned ''tired'' he didn't ''care'' if he killed him or not.
2nd Aug '16 4:19:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheLastChancers'' books, Lieutenant Kage has expressed a desire to kill Colonel Schaeffer, including one to his face, and in fact has had several opportunities to do so. He always decides against it, and the Colonel always smirks at him afterwards. As for the admittance to his face?

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* In ''TheLastChancers'' ''Literature/TheLastChancers'' books, Lieutenant Kage has expressed a desire to kill Colonel Schaeffer, including one to his face, and in fact has had several opportunities to do so. He always decides against it, and the Colonel always smirks at him afterwards. As for the admittance to his face?



* In TheLastTemptationOfChrist, Judas has sworn that he will kill the traitorous cross-maker Jesus and follows him to a monastery to do so when he leaves. When Jesus emerges from the monastery and begins fulfilling the role of the Messiah, the two have a depthy conversation about it and Judas instead becomes his surly but most devoted follower. Of course, Jesus knows who he must turn to when the time comes for someone to give him up to the Romans so that he can die and redeem the world. This has the added benefit of allowing Judas to keep from breaking his prior oath.

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* In TheLastTemptationOfChrist, ''Literature/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'', Judas has sworn that he will kill the traitorous cross-maker Jesus and follows him to a monastery to do so when he leaves. When Jesus emerges from the monastery and begins fulfilling the role of the Messiah, the two have a depthy conversation about it and Judas instead becomes his surly but most devoted follower. Of course, Jesus knows who he must turn to when the time comes for someone to give him up to the Romans so that he can die and redeem the world. This has the added benefit of allowing Judas to keep from breaking his prior oath.
16th Jul '16 8:34:36 PM Mhazard
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When this trope is played straight, Bob's gambit works and both of them leave the room alive. Though the exact degree of loyalty this inspires in Alice can vary widely, the result is generally a moral improvement all the way up to a full HeelFaceTurn. Other times, Bob is wrong, wrong, wrong, and the best we can hope for Alice is that she will eventually regret killing the man who believed in her. Still other times Bob's gambit works, but ''only'' because [[CantKillYouStillNeedYou Alice has a reason to keep him alive]].

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When this trope is played straight, Bob's gambit works and both of them leave the room alive. Though the exact degree of loyalty this inspires in Alice can vary widely, the result is generally a moral improvement all the way up to a full HeelFaceTurn. Other times, Bob is wrong, wrong, wrong, and the best we can hope for Alice is that she will eventually regret killing the man who believed in her. Still other times Bob's gambit works, but ''only'' because [[CantKillYouStillNeedYou Alice has a reason to keep him alive]].
alive]]. In a rare occasion, Bob gets OutGambitted and is [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor shot by Alice in cold blood]].
11th Jul '16 7:54:48 AM Blazer
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* In ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'s first ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'' storyline, Black Manta sets off a terrorist attack on an Atlantis embassy in the US to get at Aquaman and the two start fighting. Aquaman defeats him, then offers him the chance to kill him to get back at him killing his father. However, he warns him that if he does so, he'll have nothing else left to live for. [[spoiler:Black Manta concedes and surrenders.]]
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