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19th Mar '17 10:12:48 PM Ymirsdaughter
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* Often used as an excuse when parents murder their disabled children. Mostly a subversion, as the child practically never wants to die.
16th Mar '17 9:28:40 PM TommyTiger
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* The above picture, "Last order" is from Website/{{DeviantArt}} and revolves around this trope. TearJerker and VisualEffectsOfAwesome are so abundant, DeviantArt users were awestruck with this and said it deserves to be this trope's picture.
16th Mar '17 3:20:37 AM Imjustme
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* ''ComicBook/StarWarsDarthVader'': Happens after [[spoiler: Morit pushes [[CainAndAbel his own sister]] into a lava pit after Aiolin had just [[UngratefulBastard saved his life]], resulting in an [[Film/StarWarsEpisodeIIIRevengeOfTheSith able to relate]] ''Vader'' of all people, pulling her out and killing her quickly instead of leaving her to burn.]]
14th Mar '17 1:00:01 AM WhosAsking
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* Routinely done in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' when a titular Claymore exceeds their Yoki limit and transforms into a Youma. They are then typically beheaded by another Claymore out of mercy while some of their humanity is still in tact.

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* Routinely done in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' when a titular Claymore exceeds their Yoki limit and [[TheCorruption transforms into a Youma. Youma]]. They are then typically beheaded by another Claymore out of mercy [[DyingAsYourself while some of their humanity is still in tact.intact]].
27th Feb '17 9:19:41 AM Hjortron18
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* ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'': Loki uses this to [[StepfordSnarker snark]] at Odin during an unpleasant conversation with him at his trial.
-->'''Loki:''' If I'm in for the axe, then for mercy's sake, [[GetItOverWith just swing it]]. It's not that I don't love our little talks, it's just...[[ByNoIMeanYes I don't love them]].
26th Feb '17 1:06:31 PM StFan
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* In Fanfic/SeanBeanSavesWesteros, the [[RealPersonFic "real life"]] Creator/SeanBean is transported into the land of Westeros of Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire. Now living as Ned Stark, not just playing him on TV, Sean Bean sends Westeros OffTheRails. In the aftermath of the Battle of the Green Fork, Sean has to give a MercyKill to a mortally wounded [[spoiler:Tyrion Lannister.]]

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* In Fanfic/SeanBeanSavesWesteros, ''Fanfic/SeanBeanSavesWesteros'', the [[RealPersonFic "real life"]] Creator/SeanBean is transported into the land of Westeros of Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire. Now living as Ned Stark, not just playing him on TV, Sean Bean sends Westeros OffTheRails. In the aftermath of the Battle of the Green Fork, Sean has to give a MercyKill to a mortally wounded [[spoiler:Tyrion Lannister.]]



* Discussed, but ultimately averted, in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}'' fanfic "A Right to Death". A deadly disease, the main symptom of which is unrelenting pain, breaks out on Third Earth. Panthro, struck down by the disease, becomes so desperate for relief that he asks Lion-O to take his life-force using a rarely used (and non-canonical) power possessed by the Eye of Thundera. (According to the story, this power may be used if a Thundercat is about to suffer a painful and protracted death.) However, a cure for the disease is obtained just in time to prevent Lion-O from having to resort to such desperate measures.

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* Discussed, but ultimately averted, in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}'' ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' fanfic "A Right to Death". A deadly disease, the main symptom of which is unrelenting pain, breaks out on Third Earth. Panthro, struck down by the disease, becomes so desperate for relief that he asks Lion-O to take his life-force using a rarely used (and non-canonical) power possessed by the Eye of Thundera. (According to the story, this power may be used if a Thundercat is about to suffer a painful and protracted death.) However, a cure for the disease is obtained just in time to prevent Lion-O from having to resort to such desperate measures.



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* In ''Film/BlackDeath'', [[spoiler: Wolfstan]] gives one to [[spoiler: Griff when he reveals that he's got the plague]]. Characters also discuss the use of misericorde at the battlefield.

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* In ''Film/BlackDeath'', [[spoiler: Wolfstan]] ''Film/BlackDeath'':
** [[spoiler:Wolfstan]]
gives one to [[spoiler: Griff when he reveals that he's got the plague]]. Characters also discuss the use of misericorde at the battlefield.



* In ''Ring0Birthday'', when Akiko and Etsuko are cornered by Sadako with no chance of escape, Akiko shoots Etsuko through the head [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled before turning the gun on herself]].

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* In ''Ring0Birthday'', ''[[Film/TheRing Ring 0: Birthday]]'', when Akiko and Etsuko are cornered by Sadako with no chance of escape, Akiko shoots Etsuko through the head [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled before turning the gun on herself]].



-->'''Soldier''': Don't shoot! Let them burn! [[note]]This could also be seen as ammo conservation or wanting to keep advancing forward.[[/note]]

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-->'''Soldier''': -->'''Soldier:''' Don't shoot! Let them burn! [[note]]This could also be seen as ammo conservation or wanting to keep advancing forward.[[/note]]



* In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', when the Borg start assimilating crew members, it's Picard who takes it upon himself to vaporize, Tommy gun, or otherwise euthanize every affected crew member he can, because he knows what it's like.
-->'''Picard''': You may encounter ''Enterprise'' crew members who have already been assimilated. Don't hesitate to fire; believe me, you'll be doing them a favour.

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* In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', when ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'':
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the Borg start assimilating crew members, it's Picard who takes it upon himself to vaporize, Tommy gun, or otherwise euthanize every affected crew member he can, because he knows what it's like.
-->'''Picard''': --->'''Picard:''' You may encounter ''Enterprise'' crew members who have already been assimilated. Don't hesitate to fire; believe me, you'll be doing them a favour.favor.



-->'''Picard''': There was no way to save him!\\
'''Lily''': You didn't even ''try!''

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-->'''Picard''': --->'''Picard:''' There was no way to save him!\\
'''Lily''': '''Lily:''' You didn't even ''try!''



* In the books of ''{{Series/The 100}}'' Clarke injects Lily with a deadly dose of medication to save her from the slow and painful death by radiation poisoning.

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* In the books of ''{{Series/The 100}}'' ''Series/The100'' Clarke injects Lily with a deadly dose of medication to save her from the slow and painful death by radiation poisoning.



-->[[spoiler:'''Bruce''']]: Do it. Kill the alien.
-->'''Gore''': Good for you, son.

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-->[[spoiler:'''Bruce''']]: -->[[spoiler:'''Bruce:''']] Do it. Kill the alien.
-->'''Gore''':
alien.\\
'''Gore:'''
Good for you, son.



* In the second ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' book, on encountering a "yodeling potato" (a truly horrific FateWorseThanDeath), Doakes tries to shoot him. His fellow cops stop him.
** This is one of very few instances in which Dexter and Doakes agree on something. Dexter considers Doakes's solution quite reasonable given the circumstances.
** Has one moment in the series too, see Live Action tab.

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* In the second ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' book, on encountering a "yodeling potato" (a truly horrific FateWorseThanDeath), Doakes tries to shoot him. His fellow cops stop him.
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him. This is one of very few instances in which Dexter and Doakes agree on something. Dexter considers Doakes's solution quite reasonable given the circumstances.
** Has one moment in the series too, see Live Action tab.
circumstances.



* [[SealedEvilInACan Axenos]] from ''{{Wizard101}}'' uses the more villainous version of this trope when he decides that to reward the player for releasing him by killing them first so they do not have to witness the horrors he'll bring upon the Spiral. Fortunately he's more bark than bite and no tougher than most boss battles.

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* [[SealedEvilInACan Axenos]] from ''{{Wizard101}}'' ''VideoGame/Wizard101'' uses the more villainous version of this trope when he decides that to reward the player for releasing him by killing them first so they do not have to witness the horrors he'll bring upon the Spiral. Fortunately he's more bark than bite and no tougher than most boss battles.



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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic is on the ground, sobbing and begging for the Devil to kill him in ''SonOfTheMask''. Nothing ''painful'' is happening to him, mind you, he just wants out of life [[WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee again]].

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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic is on the ground, sobbing and begging for the Devil to kill him in ''SonOfTheMask''.''Film/SonOfTheMask''. Nothing ''painful'' is happening to him, mind you, he just wants out of life [[WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee again]].



* Shayera does this for the resurrected (but now an EmptyShell) Solomon Grundy in a ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' episode in what is one of the most [[TearJerker tear jerking]] scenes in the series.
-->'''Doctor Fate:''' The beast knows only rage and seeks only Oblivion. [[AntiMagic Your mace]] may be the one object on Earth that can grant him peace.
-->'''John Stewart:''' What are you saying?
-->'''Shayera:''' Your favorite movie's Old Yeller, you know exactly what he's saying.

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* Shayera does this for the resurrected (but now an EmptyShell) Solomon Grundy in a ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode in what is one of the most [[TearJerker tear jerking]] scenes in the series.
-->'''Doctor Fate:''' The beast knows only rage and seeks only Oblivion. [[AntiMagic Your mace]] may be the one object on Earth that can grant him peace. \n-->'''John \\
'''John
Stewart:''' What are you saying?
-->'''Shayera:'''
saying?\\
'''Shayera:'''
Your favorite movie's Old Yeller, ''Old Yeller'', you know exactly what he's saying.



21st Feb '17 7:33:21 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* The truth behind Takiko Okuda aka Genbu no Miko's death in the original ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. It was discovered that Mr Okuda [[OffingTheOffspring killed her]] to stop her being devoured by Genbu and [[MurderSuicide then killed himself]]. ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'' reveals that Takiko was already [[IncurableCoughOfDeath dying from tuberculosis]] as well as being devoured. Mr Okuda bonds their lives together and commits suicide to ease her suffering.
* Averted in ''Manga/FushigiYuugiByakkoIbun'', where Reipin begs Nirusha to kill her and use her bones in his protective charms after she both reveals herself to be a ShapeShifter and destroys her village. Nirusha refuses and tells her that she's a human, and she returns to her human form in tears.

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* The ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'':
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truth behind Takiko Okuda aka Genbu no Miko's death in the original ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. It was discovered ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'': Miaka's brother Keisuke and his best friend Tetsuya found out that Mr Mr. Okuda [[OffingTheOffspring killed her]] to stop her being devoured by Genbu and [[MurderSuicide then killed himself]]. ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'' reveals that shows how it happened towards the end - Takiko was already [[IncurableCoughOfDeath dying from tuberculosis]] as well as being devoured. devoured after summoning Genbu, so Mr Okuda bonds their lives together [[note]](he was holding the ''Universe of the Four Gods'' magic book in his hands, and Takiko was inside the world of the book)[[/note]] and commits suicide to ease her suffering.
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suffering. Takiko explains this to her Senshi as she lays dying and has no bitterness towards [[ParentsAsPeople her father]], as she says he wanted to help her.
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Averted in ''Manga/FushigiYuugiByakkoIbun'', where Reipin begs her OnlyFriend Nirusha to kill her and use her bones in his protective charms after she both reveals herself to be a ShapeShifter and [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed destroys her village.village]]. Nirusha refuses and tells her that she's a human, and she returns to her human form in tears.
19th Feb '17 8:48:58 AM Derkhan
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* In the ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'', the basic purpose of the Gatherers is to allow a peaceful death to those who are too old or too sick to be healed and who do not want to be a burden to their family and society.
15th Feb '17 3:39:12 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': In a variation, Ned kills the direwolf Lady himself because she deserves better than a butcher. Daenerys Targaryen smothers her husband Khal Drogo when he's left an {{empty shell}} in the wake of a spell that saved his life with {{blood magic}}. Maester Lewin asks Osha to finish him off when he's been stabbed in the gut. Jon Snow kills Mance Rayder with an arrow shot into his heart, rather than let Stannis burn him slowly on a pyre. Sandor Clegane stabs a farmer slowly dying of a gut wound in the heart while Arya Stark looks on. After Sandor's severely injured with a broken leg miles from aid, he begs Arya to kill him as she's been threatening to do since Sandor cut down her friend Mycah on the orders of his sadistic master Prince Joffrey. Instead Arya robs him and walks off [[CruelMercy leaving Sandor to die slowly]], an act that comes across as [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior much more cold-blooded]] [[Literature/AStormOfSwords than in the novel]]. Later, after entering the House of Black and White, Arya discovers it has a fountain with poisoned water that any person can come and drink from. A man brings his daughter, who is dying from a painful and incurable sickness-Arya tells the girl that the water will cure her, letting her die in a painless way. Many other people also come to the temple for this purpose.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': In a variation, Ned kills the direwolf Lady himself because she deserves better than a butcher. Daenerys Targaryen smothers her husband Khal Drogo when he's left an {{empty shell}} in the wake of a spell that saved his life with {{blood magic}}. Maester Lewin asks Osha to finish him off when he's been stabbed in the gut. Jon Snow kills Mance Rayder with an arrow shot into his heart, rather than let Stannis burn him slowly on a pyre. Sandor Clegane stabs a farmer slowly dying of a gut wound in the heart while Arya Stark looks on. After Sandor's severely injured with a broken leg miles from aid, he begs Arya to kill him as she's been threatening to do since Sandor cut down her friend Mycah on the orders of his sadistic master Prince Joffrey. Instead Arya robs him and walks off [[CruelMercy leaving Sandor to die slowly]], an act that comes across as [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior much more cold-blooded]] [[Literature/AStormOfSwords than in the novel]]. Later, after entering the House of Black and White, Arya discovers it has a fountain with poisoned water that any person can come and drink from. A man brings his daughter, who is dying from a painful and incurable sickness-Arya tells the girl that the water will cure her, letting her die in a painless way. Many other people also come to the temple for this purpose. Joffrey claims that his ordering Ned Stark's beheading was meant as this in deference to Sansa...he was originally going to have Stark drawn and quartered.
14th Feb '17 11:24:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* On ''DarkAngel'', Max kills her brother Ben rather than allow him to be reclaimed by Manticore. The whole thing is an {{homage}} to ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''.

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* On ''DarkAngel'', ''Series/DarkAngel'', Max kills her brother Ben rather than allow him to be reclaimed by Manticore. The whole thing is an {{homage}} to ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''.
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