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8th Jan '18 8:53:40 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheLastManOnEarth'': Martinez gives Karl a noose to hang himself with if he doesn't want to wait until the food runs out.
28th Dec '17 3:05:02 PM nombretomado
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* An episode of ''FoylesWar'' has Foyle confront a businessman who'd been dealing with the Nazis with the fact that, as a result of his dirty dealings, his business empire is crumbling, his son's been arrested for murder, his wife has left him, and his reputation is ruined. He then leaves the businessman and walks outside -- and we hear a shot. Foyle's lack of reaction indicates that he expected this.

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* An episode of ''FoylesWar'' ''Series/FoylesWar'' has Foyle confront a businessman who'd been dealing with the Nazis with the fact that, as a result of his dirty dealings, his business empire is crumbling, his son's been arrested for murder, his wife has left him, and his reputation is ruined. He then leaves the businessman and walks outside -- and we hear a shot. Foyle's lack of reaction indicates that he expected this.
23rd Dec '17 5:22:56 PM nombretomado
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webley_Revolver Mess Webley]] in the [[BritsWithBattleships British Army]] refers to a [[http://www.arrse.co.uk/wiki/Mess_Webley metaphorical or actual pistol handed to officers]] when they really screw up or turn traitor and need to do the decent thing rather than suffer the ignominy of resigning their commission and leaving the mess. Though actual honorable suicides are practically non-existent nowadays (and it is arguable whether or not they ever actually took place), the "Mess Webley" now refers more generally to the last resort of actually taking responsibility for a fuckup when there are no feasible means of disguising it or passing the buck (or, more rarely, if the buck can only be passed to those the clumsy officer regards with affection). If the usage of the Mess Webley will make a mess (either literally or in terms of fallout), the unfortunate is requested to "spread some newspaper down" to avoid such mess, which would, depending, be either blood and brains or punishments for other officers.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webley_Revolver Mess Webley]] in the [[BritsWithBattleships [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships British Army]] refers to a [[http://www.arrse.co.uk/wiki/Mess_Webley metaphorical or actual pistol handed to officers]] when they really screw up or turn traitor and need to do the decent thing rather than suffer the ignominy of resigning their commission and leaving the mess. Though actual honorable suicides are practically non-existent nowadays (and it is arguable whether or not they ever actually took place), the "Mess Webley" now refers more generally to the last resort of actually taking responsibility for a fuckup when there are no feasible means of disguising it or passing the buck (or, more rarely, if the buck can only be passed to those the clumsy officer regards with affection). If the usage of the Mess Webley will make a mess (either literally or in terms of fallout), the unfortunate is requested to "spread some newspaper down" to avoid such mess, which would, depending, be either blood and brains or punishments for other officers.
23rd Dec '17 5:14:50 PM JackG
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* In the ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' fanfic "The Way is Shut", the corpse of a high-ranking North Korean officer is found locked in a room, having apparently shot himself despite not being a ZombieInfectee. What everyone finds creepy is that there's a (now defunct) CCTV camera mounted on the wall, pointed at the corpse.

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* In the ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' fanfic "The "[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6115555/1/The-Way-Is-Shut The Way is Shut", Shut]]", the corpse of a high-ranking North Korean officer is found locked in a room, having apparently shot himself despite not being a ZombieInfectee. What everyone finds creepy is that there's a (now defunct) CCTV camera mounted on the wall, pointed at the corpse.
23rd Dec '17 5:14:30 PM JackG
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* In the ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' fanfic "The Way is Shut", the corpse of a high-ranking North Korean officer is found locked in a room, having apparently shot himself despite not being a ZombieInfectee. What everyone finds creepy is that there's a (now defunct) CCTV camera mounted on the wall, pointed at the corpse.
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* In ''The Survivalist'' series by Jerry Ahern, the President of the United States is facing capture by the occupying Soviet forces. Knowing that he'll be used as a [[PuppetKing puppet ruler]], he orders a member of the Secret Service to leave behind his pistol and instructions on how it works.
21st Nov '17 7:57:52 PM PaulA
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* The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Just War'' has the Doctor pull this on a captive, unrepentant Nazi in the guise of a round of RussianRoulette. The Doctor plays by the rules, and no harm comes to him. The Nazi, when he gets the gun, cheats and tries to shoot the Doctor, and accuses the Doctor of cheating when he fails to. The Nazi then looks in the gun -- and discovers it's loaded. The Doctor leaves the Nazi with the gun and the knowledge that he's ultimately a coward and a failure.

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* The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Just War'' ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresJustWar Just War]]'' has the Doctor pull this on a captive, unrepentant Nazi in the guise of a round of RussianRoulette. The Doctor plays by the rules, and no harm comes to him. The Nazi, when he gets the gun, cheats and tries to shoot the Doctor, and accuses the Doctor of cheating when he the gun fails to.to fire. The Nazi then looks in the gun -- and discovers it's loaded. The Doctor leaves the Nazi with the gun and the knowledge that he's ultimately a coward and a failure.
17th Nov '17 11:07:05 PM foxley
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* After confronting the killer in ''Film/MurderOnTheOrientExpress2017'', Poirot places a pistol on the table in front of them and turns his back, telling them [[spoiler:that if they wish to go free, they need only shoot him and consign his body to the lake. Mrs Hubbard takes the pistol, but tries to commit suicide with it.]]
8th Nov '17 7:53:53 AM Xlsfd
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* In the Season Five finale of ''Series/{{CSI}}'', [[spoiler:Nick Stokes has been BuriedAlive by the perp and was given a gun to commit suicide. Nick instead uses the gun to shoot out the lamp of the coffin to give himself and his colleagues more time to rescue him before his air runs out.]]
3rd Nov '17 11:59:59 AM FordPrefect
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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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* 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 bring 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)]].
17th Oct '17 1:48:06 PM nanakiro
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* A variation occurs in the anime of ''LightNovel/JuuniTaisen'': rather than a gun, Boar leaves her sister a perfectly sharp knife when she's been holed up after she started killing her schoolmates and masnion staff, muttering to herself about killing something
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