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14th Apr '16 8:03:44 PM darksoul4242
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch dared his fellow rebels, the Black Knights, to kill him when they questioned his leadership. They step back, in part because he also points out that they're completely screwed with out him acting as their [[TheStrategist strategist]]. One of them even [[LampshadeHanging comments]] that that must have taken an incredible amount of guts.
* In {{Utawarerumono}}, After Hakouro 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 ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch dared his fellow rebels, the Black Knights, to kill him when they questioned his leadership. They step back, in part because he also points out that they're completely screwed with out without him acting as their [[TheStrategist strategist]]. One of them even [[LampshadeHanging comments]] that that must have taken an incredible amount of guts.
* In {{Utawarerumono}}, After Hakouro 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]].
23rd Mar '16 1:36:36 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TouchingEvil'', Kreegan tries this with Keller, after allowing him to beat him up. It [[spoiler: doesn't work. It possibly backfires,]] depending on how much import you attribute to Keller's repeated [[spoiler: "remember what you said."]]

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* In ''TouchingEvil'', ''Series/TouchingEvil'', Kreegan tries this with Keller, after allowing him to beat him up. It [[spoiler: doesn't work. It possibly backfires,]] depending on how much import you attribute to Keller's repeated [[spoiler: "remember what you said."]]



* In the "Kill Straker!" episode of ''{{UFO}}'', Colonel Foster has been [[ManchurianAgent given a subliminal command]] to kill his superior Commander Straker. Straker needs to be absolutely sure the command has been erased, so he orders the guards to lock them in the ShootingGallery, then proceeds to take pot shots at Foster in order to provoke him, screaming "Kill! Kill!" when Foster finally picks up a gun to defend himself. Needless to say he doesn't. Afterwards when Foster protests that Straker was trying to kill him, Straker [[ImprobableAimingSkills shoots out a row of tiny targets from the hip]] and says "I could have killed you at any time."

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* In the "Kill Straker!" episode of ''{{UFO}}'', ''Series/{{UFO}}'', Colonel Foster has been [[ManchurianAgent given a subliminal command]] to kill his superior Commander Straker. Straker needs to be absolutely sure the command has been erased, so he orders the guards to lock them in the ShootingGallery, then proceeds to take pot shots at Foster in order to provoke him, screaming "Kill! Kill!" when Foster finally picks up a gun to defend himself. Needless to say he doesn't. Afterwards when Foster protests that Straker was trying to kill him, Straker [[ImprobableAimingSkills shoots out a row of tiny targets from the hip]] and says "I could have killed you at any time."



* In the season 2 finale of ''{{Warehouse 13}}'', Myka uses this tactic to talk [[spoiler:H. G. Wells]] down from her world-destroying plan.

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* In the season 2 finale of ''{{Warehouse ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'', Myka uses this tactic to talk [[spoiler:H. G. Wells]] down from her world-destroying plan.
18th Mar '16 7:37:30 PM intastiel
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* In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', [[spoiler:Han Solo]] confronts [[spoiler:his son Kylo Ren]] in a drastically unfavourable location, offering to forgive them for joining the First Order and take them back to safety. [[spoiler:Han gets impaled for his trouble: what he thought was a plea for help was a prayer to ''Darth Vader''.]]
13th Feb '16 2:17:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* A nearly perfect example happens in the movie ''InBruges'' when Harry Walters confronts his hitman Ken for not killing Ray. It's partially subverted in that Harry still shoots Ken in the leg. [[spoiler:It's fully subverted later when Harry finds out Ray is still in Bruges; Harry then shoots Ken in order to stop Ken from stopping him so he can kill Ray.]]

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* A nearly perfect example happens in the movie ''InBruges'' ''Film/InBruges'' when Harry Walters confronts his hitman Ken for not killing Ray. It's partially subverted in that Harry still shoots Ken in the leg. [[spoiler:It's fully subverted later when Harry finds out Ray is still in Bruges; Harry then shoots Ken in order to stop Ken from stopping him so he can kill Ray.]]
19th Jan '16 9:44:16 AM Willbyr
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* Toward the end of ''WitchHunterRobin'', the eponymous pyrokinetic (now on the run) pulls this on her former partner Amon after learning he was assigned to take her down.
* Filia from ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'' Try does this with Jillas. When Jillas points a gun at her, she holds his hand with the gun and tells him to shoot. He's shocked and unable to do it, and eventually does a HeelFaceTurn when she saves his life.

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* Toward the end of ''WitchHunterRobin'', ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin'', the eponymous pyrokinetic (now on the run) pulls this on her former partner Amon after learning he was assigned to take her down.
* Filia from ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'' ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' Try does this with Jillas. When Jillas points a gun at her, she holds his hand with the gun and tells him to shoot. He's shocked and unable to do it, and eventually does a HeelFaceTurn when she saves his life.



* Thorfinn from ''VinlandSaga'' joins a group of vikings for the sole purpose of killing their leader, Askeladd. However, he refuses to kill Askeladd in anything besides an honorable duel.

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* Thorfinn from ''VinlandSaga'' ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' joins a group of vikings for the sole purpose of killing their leader, Askeladd. However, he refuses to kill Askeladd in anything besides an honorable duel.



* In ''CodeGeass'', Lelouch dared his fellow rebels, the Black Knights, to kill him when they questioned his leadership. They step back, in part because he also points out that they're completely screwed with out him acting as their [[TheStrategist strategist]]. One of them even [[LampshadeHanging comments]] that that must have taken an incredible amount of guts.

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* In ''CodeGeass'', ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch dared his fellow rebels, the Black Knights, to kill him when they questioned his leadership. They step back, in part because he also points out that they're completely screwed with out him acting as their [[TheStrategist strategist]]. One of them even [[LampshadeHanging comments]] that that must have taken an incredible amount of guts.



* The [[{{Trigun}} manga versions]] of Vash and Wolfwood have a moment like this, where they're having a fairly friendly moment, Wolfwood stares a Vash's back and thinks, ''he's open, I could kill him right now;'' the motivation being that Vash is Knives' twin brother and if Knives by ''himself'' is a threat, [[spoiler: and Knives' orders to him as Chapel were to protect Vash, and if the BigBad wants him protected,]] well... And he doesn't. And then Vash looks around at him, one of those really sad smiles he does, and Wolfwood sort of smiles and thinks Vash knew exactly what he was thinking. They're kind of messed-up for best friends.

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* The [[{{Trigun}} ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'''s manga versions]] versions of Vash and Wolfwood have a moment like this, where they're having a fairly friendly moment, Wolfwood stares a at Vash's back and thinks, ''he's open, I could kill him right now;'' the motivation being that Vash is Knives' twin brother and if Knives by ''himself'' is a threat, [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and Knives' orders to him as Chapel were to protect Vash, and if the BigBad wants him protected,]] well... And he doesn't. And then Vash looks around at him, one of those really sad smiles he does, and Wolfwood sort of smiles and thinks Vash knew exactly what he was thinking. They're kind of messed-up for best friends.
8th Jan '16 5:10:28 AM jormis29
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* Achilles to Briseis in the movie ''{{Troy}}'' with a knife to his neck. More like "kill me or [[CoitusEnsues have sex with me]], [[MrFanservice your choice]]."

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* Achilles to Briseis in the movie ''{{Troy}}'' ''Film/{{Troy}}'' with a knife to his neck. More like "kill me or [[CoitusEnsues have sex with me]], [[MrFanservice your choice]]."
29th Dec '15 8:52:11 PM nombretomado
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* Filia from ''{{Slayers}}'' Try does this with Jillas. When Jillas points a gun at her, she holds his hand with the gun and tells him to shoot. He's shocked and unable to do it, and eventually does a HeelFaceTurn when she saves his life.

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* Filia from ''{{Slayers}}'' ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'' Try does this with Jillas. When Jillas points a gun at her, she holds his hand with the gun and tells him to shoot. He's shocked and unable to do it, and eventually does a HeelFaceTurn when she saves his life.
20th Dec '15 11:58:27 AM HeraldAlberich
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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 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 wants--a chance to take his life.



* Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade, whose final command from the Emperor was to kill Luke, in TheThrawnTrilogy. (Mara eventually got out of this by killing a clone of Luke, which fulfilled the order via technicallity, thus releasing her from the obligation.)

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* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
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Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade, whose final command from the Emperor was to kill Luke, in TheThrawnTrilogy. Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy. (Mara eventually got gets out of this by killing a clone of Luke, which fulfilled fulfills the order via technicallity, technicality, thus releasing her from the obligation.)



** ''OutboundFlight'': Kinman Doriana, an agent of Sidious, had come along to watch a Neimoidan with a Trade Federation fleet destroy Outbound Flight. This didn't work out so well, since Thrawn's tiny picket force [[CurbStompBattle utterly destroyed that fleet]] except for one command ship and took Doriana and the Neimoidan hostage. Thrawn also eventually killed the Jedi on Outbound Flight with Doriana's help (long story), ''and'' smacked around another alien force while he was at it, and the Neimoidan wanted to then kill Thrawn so no one would know what happened to Outbound Flight. And Doriana, realizing what all of that together means, doesn't...and eventually Thrawn joins the Empire.
** ''[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Command_Decision Command Decision]]'', another [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars EU]] story by TimothyZahn, has a version of this. Thrawn's captain is infuriated by the tactics he's using and ''could'' mutiny with a general who wants to - but after some agonizing he doesn't, and Thrawn knew he wouldn't. That part of [[ThePlan the scheme]] was to make this captain realize that he did trust Thrawn to know what he was doing.

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** ''OutboundFlight'': ''Literature/OutboundFlight'': Kinman Doriana, an agent of Sidious, had come along to watch a Neimoidan with a Trade Federation fleet destroy Outbound Flight. This didn't work out so well, since Thrawn's tiny picket force [[CurbStompBattle utterly destroyed that fleet]] except for one command ship and took Doriana and the Neimoidan hostage. Thrawn also eventually killed the Jedi on Outbound Flight with Doriana's help (long story), ''and'' smacked around another alien force while he was at it, and the Neimoidan wanted to then kill Thrawn so no one would know what happened to Outbound Flight. And Doriana, realizing what all of that together means, doesn't... and eventually Thrawn joins the Empire.
** ''[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Command_Decision Command Decision]]'', another [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars EU]] story by TimothyZahn, Creator/TimothyZahn, has a version of this. Thrawn's captain is infuriated by the tactics he's using and ''could'' mutiny with a general who wants to - but to--but after some agonizing he doesn't, and Thrawn knew he wouldn't. That part of [[ThePlan the scheme]] was to make this captain realize that he did trust Thrawn to know what he was doing.
12th Dec '15 5:39:28 PM nombretomado
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** In the XWingSeries, TheMole Lara Notsil gets Wedge Antilles in her sights, but ThePowerOfTrust gets to her. Not only does she not kill him, she [[BecomingTheMask becomes the mask]].

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** In the XWingSeries, Literature/XWingSeries, TheMole Lara Notsil gets Wedge Antilles in her sights, but ThePowerOfTrust gets to her. Not only does she not kill him, she [[BecomingTheMask becomes the mask]].
26th Nov '15 8:01:45 PM nombretomado
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* In SandyMitchell's ''The Traitor's Hand'', how Literature/CiaphasCain got Beije to stop trying to arrest him. To be sure, he was wearing armor at the time, but he didn't know if it would save him.

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* In SandyMitchell's Creator/SandyMitchell's ''The Traitor's Hand'', how Literature/CiaphasCain got Beije to stop trying to arrest him. To be sure, he was wearing armor at the time, but he didn't know if it would save him.
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