History Main / LeaveBehindAPistol

17th Sep '17 7:21:17 PM Uyyy
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* A political variant, in the climax of the Watergate scandal. On the night of August 7, 1974 (two days after the release of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watergate_scandal#.22Smoking_Gun.22_tape "smoking gun" tape]], a group of Republican Congressman met with UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, informing him that his support in Congress had evaporated, the House was certain to approve articles of impeachment, and no more than 15 Senators were willing to vote for his acquittal. Nixon subsequently announced his resignation the next day.

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* A political variant, in the climax of the Watergate scandal. On the night of August 7, 1974 (two days after the release of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watergate_scandal#.22Smoking_Gun.22_tape "smoking gun" tape]], tape]]), a group of Republican Congressman met with UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, informing him that his support in Congress had evaporated, the House was certain to approve articles of impeachment, and no more than 15 Senators were willing to vote for his acquittal. Nixon subsequently announced his resignation the next day.
20th Aug '17 2:01:49 AM JackG
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* A mini-series on the Dreyfus Affair had the title character being offered this after his arrest for espionage. As Dreyfus is innocent, he naturally refuses.
15th Aug '17 9:54:54 PM Kartoonkid95
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* ''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.]]

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* ''Film/The39Steps1935''. ''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.]]



* ''Film/WarForThePlanetOfTheApes'': When Caesar makes his way into the Colonel's bunker to kill him with his own pistol, he sees the Colonel lying in his bed, succumbing to the Simian Flu offshoot that diminishes a human's mental capabilities, including the ability to speak. Taking pity on him, Caesar puts down the pistol and allows the Colonel to kill himself with it.



* In one ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' skit, 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.

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* In one ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' skit, 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, him again, 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.empty.
-->'''Swiper:''' You bitch...
3rd Aug '17 5:48:08 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In the Evelyn Waugh novel ''Decline and Fall'', the lovable cad Grimes describes this being done to him during World War I after he "ended up in the soup" (which is implied to be a euphemism for homosexual activity, possibly with a [[ShotaCon significantly younger partner]]). Grimes was left a loaded gun and some alcohol to steady his nerves. When his fellow soldiers came back, they found him alive and roaring drunk. Luckily for Grimes, a commanding officer who heard about this happened to have gone to the same public school and Grimes instead got [[ReassignedToAntarctica posted in rural Ireland]], where as he put it, he could get into the soup without problems.

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* In the Evelyn Waugh novel ''Decline and Fall'', the lovable cad Grimes describes this being done to him during World War I after he "ended up in the soup" (which is implied to be a euphemism for homosexual activity, possibly with a [[ShotaCon significantly younger partner]]).partner). Grimes was left a loaded gun and some alcohol to steady his nerves. When his fellow soldiers came back, they found him alive and roaring drunk. Luckily for Grimes, a commanding officer who heard about this happened to have gone to the same public school and Grimes instead got [[ReassignedToAntarctica posted in rural Ireland]], where as he put it, he could get into the soup without problems.
29th Jul '17 5:26:36 AM JackG
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Ser Jorah Mormont's infection has progressed to the point that the maesters intend to ship him off to die with the stone men. However, because he's a knight, they'll allow him to remain a day and have left his sword in his room. How he chooses to spend that day is up to him. [[spoiler:As he's writing out his final letter however, Samwell Tarly turns up to offer a forbidden and very painful treatment.]]
2nd Jul '17 10:37:30 AM Uyyy
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** At the climax of the battle of Stalingrad, Hitler promoted [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Paulus Friedrich Paulus]] (commander of the German forces in the city) to Field Marshal, with particular emphasis on the fact that [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled no German or Prussian field marshal had ever surrendered]]. Paulus [[SubvertedTrope did not take Hitler up on his offer]], and Hitler swore Paulus would be the last Field Marshal he ever appointed.
2nd Jul '17 9:17:32 AM jamespolk
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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.

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* Film/"Mad Max": ''Film/MadMax'': 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.
28th Jun '17 1:50:12 AM JackG
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* ''Series/IClaudius''. When the emperor's wife is involved in a plot against Claudius, his advisors get him to sign her death warrant while he's too tired and [[DrowningMySorrows hungover]] to realize what he's doing. The centurion sent to carry out the execution is told to offer her a knife first, because if she commits suicide they won't have to show Claudius the death warrant the next day.

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* ''Series/IClaudius''. When the emperor's Emperor Claudius' wife Messalina is involved in a plot against Claudius, treason and adultery, his advisors get him Claudius to sign her death warrant while he's too tired and [[DrowningMySorrows hungover]] to realize what he's doing. The centurion sent to carry out the execution is told to offer her Messalina a knife first, because if she commits suicide they won't have to show Claudius the death warrant the next day.
28th Jun '17 1:48:17 AM JackG
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* ''Series/IClaudius''. When the emperor's wife is involved in a plot against Claudius, his advisors get him to sign her death warrant while he's too tired and [[DrowningMySorrows hungover]] to realize what he's doing. The centurion sent to carry out the execution is told to offer her a knife first, because if she commits suicide they won't have to show Claudius the death warrant the next day.
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.
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