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29th Dec '16 3:23:04 PM LordGro
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* ''Literature/EgilsSaga'': Living out his life in the house of Grim, the aged Egil rides out at evening, accompanied by two slaves and carrying his two chests of silver with him. He does not return for a whole night, and in the morning returns without the silver and without the slaves, revealing that he has hidden the treasure and that he has killed the slaves to keep the secret.
13th Dec '16 7:47:32 AM Doug86
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* In the 1982 Australian/Taiwanese movie ''Attack Force Z'', a WorldWarII commando force encounter a villager and ask for directions to their objective, then shoot him with a silenced submachine gun so he won't tell anyone of their presence on the Japanese-occupied island.

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* In the 1982 Australian/Taiwanese movie ''Attack Force Z'', a WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII commando force encounter a villager and ask for directions to their objective, then shoot him with a silenced submachine gun so he won't tell anyone of their presence on the Japanese-occupied island.
11th Dec '16 10:39:47 PM Willbyr
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* In ''Film/{{Morgan}}'', the scientists that aren't killed by Morgan are killed by Lee Weathers as damage control.
26th Nov '16 6:30:32 PM Doryna
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* ''Series/TheGrandTour'': While most of the occupants of the airliner containing their VIP hostage in "Operation Desert Stumble" were mannequins, May ensures that their departure is at least unseen.
--> '''Clarkson:''' Are all the terrorists dead back there?
--> '''May:''' ''Everybody's'' dead back there.
--> '''Clarkson:''' Good man!
11th Nov '16 2:23:11 PM StFan
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* It's mentioned a few times that Manga/{{Golgo 13}} will kill any witnesses to an assassination as a general rule. (Usually, though, there aren't any.)

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* It's mentioned a few times that Manga/{{Golgo 13}} Manga/Golgo13 will kill any witnesses to an assassination as a general rule. (Usually, though, there aren't any.)



* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', Guts instinctively did this when he heard a witness after he assassinated Duke Julius on Griffith's orders. [[spoiler:He realized too late that it was the Duke's young son, whom Guts empathized with earlier. It's implied that Griffith hoped this would happen, since the boy was being groomed to marry Princess Charlotte, who Griffith had designs on.]]

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* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', Guts instinctively did this when he heard a witness after he assassinated Duke Julius on Griffith's orders. [[spoiler:He realized too late that it was the Duke's young son, whom Guts empathized with earlier. It's implied that Griffith hoped this would happen, since the boy was being groomed to marry Princess Charlotte, who Griffith had designs on.]]



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-->'''Waternoose:''' Get up! There can't be any witnesses.
-->'''Randall:''' There won't be.

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-->'''Waternoose:''' Get up! There can't be any witnesses.
-->'''Randall:'''
witnesses.\\
'''Randall:'''
There won't be.



** This is ''probably'' why the Stormtroopers slaughtered the Jawas and killed Luke's aunt and uncle in ''Film/ANewHope'', seeing as they were trying to leave evidence that Tusken Raiders did it.
** Likewise, after Darth Vader attacks Leia's ship (a ship containing an emissary of the Galactic Senate), he orders a subordinate, "Send a distress signal, and inform the Senate that all on board were killed." Presumably he wanted to make it look like the ship was destroyed by random piracy, and left nobody alive who could contradict that story.

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** This is ''probably'' why the Stormtroopers slaughtered slaughter the Jawas and killed kill Luke's aunt and uncle in ''Film/ANewHope'', seeing as they were are trying to leave evidence that Tusken Raiders did it.
** Likewise, after Darth Vader attacks Leia's ship (a ship containing an emissary of the Galactic Senate), he orders a subordinate, "Send a distress signal, and inform the Senate that all on board were killed." Presumably he wanted wants to make it look like the ship was destroyed by random piracy, and left nobody alive who could contradict that story.



--> '''Goon:''' ''(about the boy)'' What are we gonna do with him, Frank?
--> '''Frank:''' ''(beat)'' Well, now that you've called me by name -- ''(shoots the child)''

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--> '''Goon:''' ''(about -->'''Goon:''' ''[about the boy)'' boy]'' What are we gonna do with him, Frank?
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Frank?\\
'''Frank:''' ''(beat)'' ''[beat]'' Well, now that you've called me by name -- ''(shoots ''[shoots the child)''child]''



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* Jägers in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031017 discussed]] this topic. Dis is turnink into vun of ''[[NeverOneMurder dose]]'' plans...

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
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Jägers in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031017 discussed]] discuss]] this topic. Dis "Dis is turnink into vun of ''[[NeverOneMurder dose]]'' plans..."



* Redcloak from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', when [[spoiler: destroying the Resistance and retrieving back Xykon's phylactery]], uses monsters he summoned, allowing him to simply send them back to their planes. He also doesn't resurrect the hobgoblin spy he used, and is thankful that he died in the battle, or [[HeKnowsTooMuch he would have had to kill him himself.]] Then he buries the location with an earthquake.
--> '''Redcloak''': ...The exact details here need to remain between me and our god.
** A few strips later, [[spoiler: after Tsukiko discovers too much about Redcloak's manipulations, he takes control of her wights and has them kill and eat her. He then orders them to eat each other, and for the last one remaining after that to set himself on fire.]]
*** Right after this, he disintegrates the body of the hobgoblin [[spoiler: who made a perfect copy of the phylactery and was killed by Tsukiko because he was in her way.]]
** [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius']] use of the Familicide spell, given that it was casted to ensure that nobody related to the target in question would ever come seeking revenge. [[spoiler:It would come back to bite hir in a practical manner much later.]]
*** The creator of the spell, being a NeutralEvil (with a strong emphasis on "evil") necromancer, apparently never even considered that people other than relatives might seek revenge.

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* Redcloak from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Redcloak,
when [[spoiler: destroying the Resistance and retrieving back Xykon's phylactery]], uses monsters he summoned, allowing him to simply send them back to their planes. He also doesn't resurrect the hobgoblin spy he used, and is thankful that he died in the battle, or [[HeKnowsTooMuch he would have had to kill him himself.]] Then he buries the location with an earthquake.
--> '''Redcloak''': ...--->'''Redcloak:''' ...The exact details here need to remain between me and our god.
** A few strips later, [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after Tsukiko discovers too much about Redcloak's manipulations, he takes control of her wights and has them kill and eat her. He then orders them to eat each other, and for the last one remaining after that to set himself on fire.]] Right after this, he disintegrates the body of the hobgoblin [[spoiler:who made a perfect copy of the phylactery and was killed by Tsukiko because he was in her way.]]
*** Right after this, he disintegrates the body of the hobgoblin [[spoiler: who made a perfect copy of the phylactery and was killed by Tsukiko because he was in her way.]]
** [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius']] use of the Familicide spell, given that it was casted cast to ensure that nobody related to the target in question would ever come seeking revenge. [[spoiler:It would come back to bite hir them in a practical manner much later.]]
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]] The creator of the spell, being a NeutralEvil (with a strong emphasis on "evil") necromancer, apparently never even considered that people other than relatives might seek revenge.
4th Nov '16 8:05:26 PM Willbyr
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4th Oct '16 3:10:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/ButtonMan'': After Harry kills another Button Man disguised as an FBI agent in a motel, Ugly John investigates the scene and kills the clerk who witnessed this too.
27th Sep '16 3:27:59 PM BentusiAvatar
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* Part of the ''Creator/AchievementHunter''s modus operendi when pulling a [[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterGrandTheftAutoSeries heist]] is to always kill the clerk, cashier or teller they are robbing afterwards, as well as any bystanders who happen to be nearby; something [[TokenEvilTeammate Ryan]] is only to happy to do. Winds up being [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in [[spoiler:Jack]]'s heist: The one time one of them decides to spare their victim, [[NoGoodDeed the clerk pulls out a shotgun and blows him away as soon as his back is turned]].

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* Part of the ''Creator/AchievementHunter''s modus operendi when pulling a [[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterGrandTheftAutoSeries heist]] is to always kill the clerk, cashier or teller they are robbing afterwards, as well as any bystanders who happen to be nearby; something [[TokenEvilTeammate Ryan]] is only to happy to do. Winds up being [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in [[spoiler:Jack]]'s heist: The one time one of them decides to spare their victim, [[NoGoodDeed [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished the clerk pulls out a shotgun and blows him away as soon as his back is turned]].
22nd Sep '16 6:18:46 AM JackG
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* In ''The Golden Rendezvous'' by Alistair Maclean, the villains stealing gold from a vessel in mid-ocean plan to obliterate all evidence and witnesses with a [[NukeEm tactical nuclear weapon]] (which they've also stolen), the justification being that it would take too long to kill the passengers and crew individually, while ordinary explosive (which they do have as a back-up in case the bomb doesn't go off) is [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat too uncertain]].

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* In ''The Golden Rendezvous'' by Alistair Maclean, the villains stealing gold from a vessel in mid-ocean plan to obliterate all evidence and witnesses with a [[NukeEm tactical nuclear weapon]] (which they've also stolen), the justification being that it would take too long to kill the passengers and crew individually, while ordinary explosive (which they do have as a back-up in case the bomb doesn't go off) is [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat too uncertain]]. Though they could have saved themselves the trouble [[CutLexLuthorACheck if they'd just sold the nuke instead.]]
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