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16th May '16 1:54:53 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The mildly insane royals do this in TalesOfTheBranionRealm, especially in ''The Stone Prince'' where the coldbloodedness and strength of mind necessary to be merciless is part of the protagonist's training by his mother. She is known for having hanged a hundred rebels at once, calmly discussing tactics with her aides while the sentence was carried out.

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* The mildly insane royals do this in TalesOfTheBranionRealm, ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm'', especially in ''The Stone Prince'' where the coldbloodedness and strength of mind necessary to be merciless is part of the protagonist's training by his mother. She is known for having hanged a hundred rebels at once, calmly discussing tactics with her aides while the sentence was carried out.
2nd Apr '16 6:29:26 PM Saber15
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* In the First Succession War in ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'', the Coordinator of the Draconis Combine was assassinated by a sniper while conducting a campaign on the Davion world of Kentares IV. His heir orders the Draconis troops to "kill them all" and summarily executed the first general that questioned the order. By the end of the massacre, 52 million people were dead and the morale of the Draconis troops [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone was absolutely crushed]] from being forced to execute helpless civilians with katanas. Even among the countless atrocities of the First Succession War, the Kentares Massacre stands out for its sheer brutality, and the horror helped pave the way for more 'civilized' warfare aiming to avoid unnecessary destruction.
2nd Apr '16 6:02:27 PM lorgskyegon
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** This was especially notable in the Thermopylae example. Persian tradition dictated that wounded be card for and for the corpses of nobles and valiant warriors were to be returned if possible and treated with honor. Xerxes was so enraged by the battle, though, that all were killed and the body of Leonidas was crucified and beheaded.
16th Feb '16 1:55:41 PM jamespolk
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* In ''Film/VivaVilla'', Pancho Villa the bandit and guerrilla fighter has a bad habit of slaughtering all his prisoners. Madero gets him to stop doing this for a while.
20th Jan '16 12:18:02 PM MrUnderhill
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** In the book it's made clear this only applies if they fight; if they just hand over the valuables they can go. This was [[PragmaticVillainy the whole point of building the reputation in the first place]]; a technique used sometimes by Real Life pirates.
20th Jan '16 12:12:43 PM MrUnderhill
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** Not to mention the threat the heroes use to clear out the men guarding the castle gate on their way to rescue Buttercup. Again, it's technically true, since most of the guards [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere fled without fighting]], the heroes didn't take anyone prisoner.

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** Not to mention the threat the heroes use to clear out the men guarding the castle gate on their way to rescue Buttercup. Again, it's technically true, true; since most of the guards [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere fled without fighting]], the heroes didn't take anyone prisoner.prisoner for longer than a few minutes.
20th Jan '16 12:11:28 PM MrUnderhill
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* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'': The standing order of the Dread Pirate Roberts, though with a condition: Only those who attempt to fight back are killed.
** Not to mention the threat the heroes use to clear out the men guarding the castle gate on their way to rescue Buttercup.

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* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'': The standing order of the Dread Pirate Roberts, though with a condition: Only those who attempt to fight back are killed.
Roberts is known for "never taking prisoners," but the wording allows for some LoopholeAbuse: for instance, it doesn't say anything about taking captured sailors on as ''crew'', which is how Westley survived.
** Not to mention the threat the heroes use to clear out the men guarding the castle gate on their way to rescue Buttercup. Again, it's technically true, since most of the guards [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere fled without fighting]], the heroes didn't take anyone prisoner.
15th Jan '16 11:49:53 PM SSJMagus
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* As indicated by the opening quote, Darth Malak in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' orders to destroy the entire planet of [[spoiler:Taris]]. Yes, StarWars's Sith like this trope.

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* As indicated by the opening quote, Darth Malak in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' orders to destroy the entire planet of [[spoiler:Taris]]. Yes, StarWars's Sith like this trope. [[spoiler:Malak does this in order to kill exactly ''one person'' who happens to be on Taris at the time. That one person survives.]]
29th Dec '15 2:35:47 AM RocketPuncher
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* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': In chapter 5 Misato orders an assault against a SEELE installation, and she reiterates -regretfully- that her troops mustn't give quarter or take prisoners:
-->''"You have the coordinates," said Misato, hands folded in front of her face. "Get what we need. Everything else must burn."''\\
''"What do we do with any civilians we encounter?"''\\
''"Everything else must burn."''
9th Dec '15 3:18:40 AM Yozzy
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', leaving no survivors (on the table) of the enemy's force is generally an alternative win condition to the particular game's objectives. This is known as "tabling" the opponent.
** Also worth mentioning that, story-wise, this is practically standard procedure for pretty much every faction. Except the Tau. Most of the time.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', leaving no survivors (on the table) of in actual gameplay, wiping out the enemy's force from the table is generally an alternative win condition condition, as opposed to the particular game's point system revolving around battlefield objectives. This is known as "tabling" the opponent.
** Also worth mentioning that, story-wise, lore-wise, this is practically standard procedure for pretty many factions. The hateful and xenophobic [[TheEmpire Imperium of Man]] often try to wipe out any alien presence on their planets, and routinely try to exterminate them in wars of conquest. Though they do try to bring human populations under their control, unless a world [[GodzillaThreshold has become too corrupt]] or [[PragmaticVillainy not worth the expenditure of resources and manpower]] to reconquer, then they resort to [[EarthShatteringKaboom Exterminatus]]. [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] will also try to kill everything on a planet, because it's easier to eat them and harvest their biomass in that manner.
*** [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] and mortal followers of [[TheCorruption Chaos]], will kill just about anything that doesn't fight back, [[AlwaysChaoticEvil more often than not just for the fun of it]]. Still, they will often take at least some prisoners as slaves. [[TheHeartless Chaos Daemons]], however, do not.
*** [[SpaceElves Eldar]], as
much every faction. Except the Tau. Most as they hate other species, will often kill only as much as necessary to achieve their goals, then the'll usually just leave. Surprising as it would be for those not familiar with them, as much as they like killing, Dark Eldar actually try to avoid this trope with as wide a margin that they can as they prefer to take prisoners. They'll eventually bring this trope into full force ''on those same prisoners'', since they [[EmotionEater literally feed on suffering]]. The [[TheFederation Tau Empire]] ''usually'' averts this trope, as they prefer to bring other species into their sphere of the time.influence through diplomacy and other nonviolent means before resorting to a military conquest. However, there are sometimes aggressive or embittered commanders who will push for a population to be wiped out, or a species is deemed unfit for peaceful coexistence, in which case this trope is used.
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