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18th Jun '17 10:41:02 PM GrammarNavi
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* A variant of this trope happened during UsefulNotes/{{WWII}} in Poland: a captured officer of [[LaResistance the Home Army]] was released from prison to deliver an offer of limited cooperation to the LaResistance command. However, the command refused to even think of it, instead telling him to "solve the matter in an honorable way". After a couple of days, he shot himself.

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* A variant of this trope happened during UsefulNotes/{{WWII}} UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in Poland: a captured officer of [[LaResistance the Home Army]] was released from prison to deliver an offer of limited cooperation to the LaResistance command. However, the command refused to even think of it, instead telling him to "solve the matter in an honorable way". After a couple of days, he shot himself.
4th May '17 6:48:13 PM Madrugada
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* Played with in ''Film/WhereEaglesDare''. A suspected traitor is given a gun, but when his treason is revealed on the plane ride at the end of the movie, and he tries to shoot the main character, we find that the firing pin had been removed. The main character gives the traitor the chance to leave the plane before it lands and he would get arrested. He takes it.

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* Played with in ''Film/WhereEaglesDare''. A suspected traitor is given a gun, but when his treason is revealed on the plane ride at the end of the movie, and he tries to shoot the main character, we find that the firing pin had been removed. The main character gives the traitor the chance to leave the plane before it lands and he would get arrested. He takes it. He doesn't, however, get a parachute...
4th May '17 6:41:01 PM Madrugada
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And sometimes when it's all done the hero will meet their former friend, now in chains or facing disgrace, and tell them that they can't let the matter go to trial and [[ComeToGawk become public]]. Perhaps it'll hurt the hero too much to see their former friend ruined and disgraced, or will hurt an innocent loved one of the villain to learn what a monster they've become. Perhaps it could even have repercussions that will shake or destroy an entire society. Perhaps the former friend simply doesn't deserve the clemency he may possibly receive, or is facing a horrific fate the hero wouldn't wish on anyone, especially if it's [[DisproportionateRetribution disproportionate to the crime]]. Perhaps the former friend simply deserves a chance to reclaim their sullied honor, and [[AFriendInNeed their old friendship is worth that much]].

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And sometimes when it's all done the hero will meet their former friend, now in chains or facing disgrace, and tell them that they can't let the matter go to trial and [[ComeToGawk become public]]. Perhaps it'll hurt the hero too much to see their former friend ruined and disgraced, or [[DontTellMama will hurt an innocent loved one of the villain villain]] to learn what a monster they've become. Perhaps it could even have repercussions that will shake or destroy an entire society. Perhaps the former friend simply doesn't deserve the clemency he may possibly receive, or is facing a horrific fate the hero wouldn't wish on anyone, especially if it's [[DisproportionateRetribution disproportionate to the crime]]. Perhaps the former friend simply deserves a chance to reclaim their sullied honor, and [[AFriendInNeed their old friendship is worth that much]].



A SubTrope of both DrivenToSuicide and AteHisGun. May be the start of a TreacheryCoverUp -- partly because they must NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead. See also FaceDeathWithDignity. A particularly cruel subversion is when the villain goes to take the hero's offer... [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets only to learn that the gun's empty]].

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A SubTrope of both DrivenToSuicide and AteHisGun. May be the start of a TreacheryCoverUp -- partly because they must NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead. Often occurs alongside DontTellMama. See also FaceDeathWithDignity. A particularly cruel subversion is when the villain goes to take the hero's offer... [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets only to learn that the gun's empty]].
28th Apr '17 6:08:14 PM AliceMacher
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* In ''Comicbook/{{Promethea}}'', a demon in human guise probes a cab driver's memories and reveals that he knows the driver molested his granddaughter. Instead of a fare, he hands the driver a gun, telling him he knows what to do with it. The shaken driver agrees and shoots himself.
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:
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