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6th Dec '16 11:45:09 AM Morgenthaler
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** That would qualify as a BadAss [[TakingYouWithMe Dying]] [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Moment of Awesome]]. Bit of a mouthful though...

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** That would qualify as a BadAss badass [[TakingYouWithMe Dying]] [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Moment of Awesome]]. Bit of a mouthful though...
15th Nov '16 12:34:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/wwII-a-f.html Thomas Baker]] subverted this trope while badly injured and retreating from a Japanese attack. He told another soldier that he was slowing down the retreat too much, so he asked to be left behind with a loaded pistol, requesting a new one because [[BadAss his was too damaged from]] '''[[PistolWhipping melee combat]]''' to shoot. He was last seen sitting against a tree, calmly holding a pistol loaded with 8 rounds. When they went back for his body, they found it in the same place, [[ImprobableAimingSkills facing 8 dead enemy soldiers.]]

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* [[http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/wwII-a-f.html Thomas Baker]] subverted this trope while badly injured and retreating from a Japanese attack. He told another soldier that he was slowing down the retreat too much, so he asked to be left behind with a loaded pistol, requesting a new one because [[BadAss his was too damaged from]] from '''[[PistolWhipping melee combat]]''' to shoot. He was last seen sitting against a tree, calmly holding a pistol loaded with 8 rounds. When they went back for his body, they found it in the same place, [[ImprobableAimingSkills facing 8 dead enemy soldiers.]]
24th Oct '16 3:41:47 PM BlueGuy
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* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', Avdol sets Polnareff on fire and then gives him a dagger, instructing him to use it so that he can die quick and painlessly. [[spoiler:This turns out to be a SecretTestOfCharacter, because Polnareff's refusal is what gets Avdol to put out the fire, as it indicates that he is honorable enough to feel remorse for his wrongdoings, and thus worth saving.]]

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* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'', Avdol sets Polnareff on fire and then gives him a dagger, instructing him to use it so that he can die quick and painlessly. [[spoiler:This turns out to be a SecretTestOfCharacter, because Polnareff's refusal is what gets Avdol to put out the fire, as it indicates that he is honorable enough to feel remorse for his wrongdoings, and thus worth saving.]]
21st Oct '16 10:40:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/EnemyAtTheGates'': "I have to report to [[JosefStalin The Boss]]. Perhaps you'd like to avoid the red tape?"

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* ''Film/EnemyAtTheGates'': "I have to report to [[JosefStalin [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin The Boss]]. Perhaps you'd like to avoid the red tape?"
9th Oct '16 5:53:58 AM erforce
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* {{Pirate}}s would strand people (usually mutinied captains) on deserted islands and give them a flintlock with a single bullet to save them the pain of dying from hunger or exposure if they didn't get rescued before it was clear they were done for. This is one of the more historically accurate facts Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean got right.

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* {{Pirate}}s would strand people (usually mutinied captains) on deserted islands and give them a flintlock with a single bullet to save them the pain of dying from hunger or exposure if they didn't get rescued before it was clear they were done for. This is one of the more historically accurate facts Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' got right.
16th Sep '16 1:53:49 AM PaulA
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* At the end of ''Hag's Nook'' by Creator/JohnDicksonCarr, Dr Gideon Fell cuts a deal with the murderer: a full confession in exchange for a handgun with one bullet in it. The last chapter of the book is the murderer's written statement. The trope gets twisted in the final two sentences, when the murderer is too afraid of death to raise the gun to his temple. But hey, Dr Fell fulfilled ''his'' part of the bargain, not his fault the murderer will now have to face the hangman.

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* At the end of ''Hag's Nook'' by Creator/JohnDicksonCarr, Dr Gideon Fell Literature/DrGideonFell cuts a deal with the murderer: a full confession in exchange for a handgun with one bullet in it. The last chapter of the book is the murderer's written statement. The trope gets twisted in the final two sentences, when the murderer is too afraid of death to raise the gun to his temple. But hey, Dr Fell fulfilled ''his'' part of the bargain, not his fault the murderer will now have to face the hangman.
16th Sep '16 12:38:19 AM PaulA
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* At the end of ''Hag's Nook'', Dr Gideon Fell cuts a deal with the murderer: a full confession in exchange for a handgun with one bullet in it. The last chapter of the book is the murderer's written statement. The trope gets twisted in the final two sentences, when the murderer is too afraid of death to raise the gun to his temple. But hey, Dr Fell fulfilled ''his'' part of the bargain, not his fault the murderer will now have to face the hangman.

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* At the end of ''Hag's Nook'', Nook'' by Creator/JohnDicksonCarr, Dr Gideon Fell cuts a deal with the murderer: a full confession in exchange for a handgun with one bullet in it. The last chapter of the book is the murderer's written statement. The trope gets twisted in the final two sentences, when the murderer is too afraid of death to raise the gun to his temple. But hey, Dr Fell fulfilled ''his'' part of the bargain, not his fault the murderer will now have to face the hangman.
28th Aug '16 5:59:51 AM Hanz
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* Mengsk does this with [[spoiler: Raynor]] in ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}} 2: Heart Of The Swarm'', leaving behind the revolver fully loaded so [[spoiler: Raynor]] will either shoot himself or [[spoiler: Kerrigan who had reassumed her Queen of Blades form]]

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* Mengsk does this with [[spoiler: Raynor]] in ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}} 2: Heart Of The Swarm'', ''VideoGame/StarcraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'', leaving behind the revolver fully loaded so [[spoiler: Raynor]] will either shoot himself or [[spoiler: Kerrigan who had reassumed her Queen of Blades form]]
19th Aug '16 6:04:35 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/PrisonBreak'', Agent Mahone tells C-Note that his wife will go free if he uses what is in the package Mahone gives him. C-Note opens it to find a rope, already tied in a noose. C-Note tries to use it, but the guards manage to pull him off just in time. Subverted in that this isn't about honor at all.

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* In ''Series/PrisonBreak'', Agent Mahone tells C-Note that his wife will go free if he uses what is in the package Mahone gives him. C-Note opens it to find a rope, already tied in a noose. C-Note tries to use it, but the guards manage to pull him off just in time. Subverted in that this isn't about honor at all. [[spoiler:C-Note ends up agreeing to testify against Mahone and is given a new identity, along with his family]].
19th Aug '16 5:58:02 AM ChronoLegion
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* This is [[spoiler:the Director]]'s fate in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', by his own request. Particularly poignant in that the person he asks to leave him the pistol ([[spoiler:Agent Carolina]]) came there to kill him, but decided at the end that it wasn't worth it -- probably in part because [[spoiler: [[TheReveal they were]] [[TearJerker father and daughter]]]].

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* This is [[spoiler:the Director]]'s fate in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', by his own request. Particularly poignant in that the person he asks to leave him the pistol ([[spoiler:Agent Carolina]]) came there to kill him, but decided at the end that it wasn't worth it -- probably in part because [[spoiler: [[TheReveal they were]] [[TearJerker father and daughter]]]]. [[spoiler:She also sees that he's a broken man, who could never let go the memory of his wife, her mother, and has created Project Freelancer specifically to brings her back, at least in part. He sort-of succeeds with Agent Texas, who is actually an AI echo of his late wife, but, like the real Allison, Tex is destined to always lose in the end. At the end, Project Freelancer is a failure, most of the agents are dead, and Tex is gone, so the Director really has nothing left (as far as he's concerned; plus, his own daughter hates him)]].
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