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5th Mar '17 11:27:15 PM danya02
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So when they leave, the hero will LeaveBehindAPistol. A loaded pistol, with [[OneBulletLeft one round]] in the chamber. And maybe a bottle of Scotch, if you're lucky. [[RedemptionEqualsDeath The implication]] [[DrivenToSuicide is clear]].

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So when they leave, the hero will LeaveBehindAPistol.Leave Behind a Pistol. A loaded pistol, with [[OneBulletLeft one round]] in the chamber. And maybe a bottle of Scotch, if you're lucky. [[RedemptionEqualsDeath The implication]] [[DrivenToSuicide is clear]].
1st Mar '17 7:33:30 PM nombretomado
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* Done to [[spoiler: Danny Upshaw]] in JamesEllroy's ''The Big Nowhere''. One of the other characters notes the trope.
* At the end of ''SuicideHill'' by JamesEllroy, Lloyd gives a loaded revolver to Gaffaney, and leaves the room. Bang! "And then there was a second shot,and another and still another." Lloyd runs back to the room, and embraces Gaffaney in an act of forgiveness.
* ElleryQueen does this to the murderer at the end of ''Ten Days' Wonder''.

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* Done to [[spoiler: Danny Upshaw]] in JamesEllroy's Creator/JamesEllroy's ''The Big Nowhere''. One of the other characters notes the trope.
* At the end of ''SuicideHill'' by JamesEllroy, Creator/JamesEllroy, Lloyd gives a loaded revolver to Gaffaney, and leaves the room. Bang! "And then there was a second shot,and another and still another." Lloyd runs back to the room, and embraces Gaffaney in an act of forgiveness.
* ElleryQueen Creator/ElleryQueen does this to the murderer at the end of ''Ten Days' Wonder''.
25th Feb '17 2:53:02 PM nombretomado
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* In one ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' skit, DoraTheExplorer decides to climb a mountain and Swiper follows her up. Unfortunately for Swiper, he's not prepared for the cold and quickly succumbs to hypothermia. When Dora comes across him, she leaves behind a pistol for Swiper so he can end his suffering. He tries to use it, only to find that it's empty.

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* In one ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' skit, DoraTheExplorer WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer decides to climb a mountain and Swiper follows her up. Unfortunately for Swiper, he's not prepared for the cold and quickly succumbs to hypothermia. When Dora comes across him, she leaves behind a pistol for Swiper so he can end his suffering. He tries to use it, only to find that it's empty.
14th Feb '17 11:44:53 AM ludditetolpuddle
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* Film/"Mad Max": Max catches up with the last surviving member of the motorcycle gang that killed his wife and son; he forces the man to secure himself with handcuffs by his ankle to the steering column of his car; then he throws a hacksaw into the car, telling him that it will take about 10 minutes to cut through the chain, but if he really wants to escape, he can cut through his ankle in five; as he walks away, as an added incentive, he punctures the fuel tank and sets it on fire.
11th Jan '17 7:08:27 PM nombretomado
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* Lord Peter does this to the murderer at the end of the LordPeterWimsey novel ''Murder Must Advertise''. The drug ring the murderer's involved with has shown a nasty penchant for staging fatal accidents for anyone who gets in their way. So, after he's confessed, Peter tells him that there's one way to get out of this without his family being dragged in: go home slowly, on foot, and don't look behind him too carefully.

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* Lord Peter does this to the murderer at the end of the LordPeterWimsey Literature/LordPeterWimsey novel ''Murder Must Advertise''. The drug ring the murderer's involved with has shown a nasty penchant for staging fatal accidents for anyone who gets in their way. So, after he's confessed, Peter tells him that there's one way to get out of this without his family being dragged in: go home slowly, on foot, and don't look behind him too carefully.
8th Jan '17 1:04:58 PM nombretomado
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* Sort-of example from the "Tales of Human Waste" TradePaperback of ''{{Transmetropolitan}}''; an excerpt from Spider's column after Spider has forced The Beast to leave office reads:

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* Sort-of example from the "Tales of Human Waste" TradePaperback of ''{{Transmetropolitan}}''; ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}''; an excerpt from Spider's column after Spider has forced The Beast to leave office reads:
11th Dec '16 11:43:06 PM JackG
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* ''Film/TheThirtyNineSteps1935''. The AffablyEvil spymaster explains to the protagonist that YouKnowTooMuch and must be killed, but gives him the option of shooting himself if he wishes. This would have a double benefit of [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident wrapping things up nicely for the inevitable police investigation]]. He declines the offer, and gets shot by the spymaster. [[spoiler:Which is just as well, as a PocketProtector saves his life.]]

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* ''Film/TheThirtyNineSteps1935''.''Film/The39Steps1935''. The AffablyEvil spymaster explains to the protagonist that YouKnowTooMuch and must be killed, but gives him the option of shooting himself if he wishes. This would have a double benefit of [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident wrapping things up nicely for the inevitable police investigation]]. He declines the offer, and gets shot by the spymaster. [[spoiler:Which is just as well, as a PocketProtector saves his life.]]
11th Dec '16 11:39:20 PM JackG
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* ''Film/TheThirtyNineSteps''. The AffablyEvil spymaster explains to the protagonist that YouKnowTooMuch and must be killed, but gives him the option of shooting himself if he wishes. This would have a double benefit of [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident wrapping things up nicely for the inevitable police investigation]]. He declines the offer, and gets shot by the spymaster. [[spoiler:Which is just as well, as a PocketProtector saves his life.]]

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* ''Film/TheThirtyNineSteps''. ''Film/TheThirtyNineSteps1935''. The AffablyEvil spymaster explains to the protagonist that YouKnowTooMuch and must be killed, but gives him the option of shooting himself if he wishes. wishes. This would have a double benefit of [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident wrapping things up nicely for the inevitable police investigation]]. investigation]]. He declines the offer, and gets shot by the spymaster. spymaster. [[spoiler:Which is just as well, as a PocketProtector saves his life.]]
11th Dec '16 11:36:57 PM JackG
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* ''Film/TheThirtyNineSteps''. The AffablyEvil spymaster explains to the protagonist that YouKnowTooMuch and must be killed, but gives him the option of shooting himself if he wishes. This would have a double benefit of [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident wrapping things up nicely for the inevitable police investigation]]. He declines the offer, and gets shot by the spymaster. [[spoiler:Which is just as well, as a PocketProtector saves his life.]]
11th Dec '16 1:25:37 AM Chabal2
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* It's a piece of rope instead of a pistol, but what Jesse Custer in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' does to Gunther at the end of the "Salvation" arc is pretty much this trope writ large.

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* It's a piece of rope instead of a pistol, but what Jesse Custer in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' does to ([[spoiler:sympathetic, so of course it turns out he's an ex-Nazi]]) Gunther at the end of the "Salvation" arc is pretty much this trope writ large.
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