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2nd May '16 1:46:14 PM Willbyr
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* The humans of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' refer to mercy kills as "The Emperor's Peace," and SpaceMarine [[CombatMedic Apothecaries]] carry a special pistol for just this purpose.
** And then they chainsaw open the chest of the fallen to get at his genetic material. With the utmost respect, of course.

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* The humans of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' refer to mercy kills as "The Emperor's Peace," and SpaceMarine Peace."
** Space Marine
[[CombatMedic Apothecaries]] carry a special pistol for just this purpose.
** And
purpose...and then they chainsaw open the chest of the fallen to get at his genetic material. With the utmost respect, of course.



*** The Commissar's (and formerly the Sanctioning Officer's) special rule "It's For Your Own Good" evokes this on psykers when their own hands cannot be trusted.
** This is also the standard Imperial response to any human [[PuppeteerParasite infected by Genestealers]]. Since the infection is incurable by normal Imperial medicine, and causes the infectees and their children to be subordinated to the Tyranid HiveMind, it's considered better for everyone to end it quickly.

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*** ** The Commissar's (and formerly the Sanctioning Officer's) special rule "It's For Your Own Good" evokes this on psykers when their own hands cannot be trusted.
** This is also the standard Imperial response to any human [[PuppeteerParasite infected by Genestealers]]. Since the infection is incurable by normal Imperial medicine, and causes the infectees and their children to be subordinated to the Tyranid HiveMind, it's considered better for everyone to end it quickly.
28th Apr '16 3:12:22 PM TheCuza
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* In ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 2'', after spending a decade searching for his missing wife, Dom finds her in a Locust prison reduced to a catatonic EmptyShell. He and Marcus both agree that the only humane thing to do is mercy kill her. [[spoiler:He ends up [[TogetherInDeath joining her]] in the next game via HeroicSacrifice.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 2'', after spending a decade searching for his missing wife, Dom finds her in a Locust prison reduced to a catatonic EmptyShell. He and Marcus both agree that the only humane thing to do is mercy kill her. [[spoiler:He For bonus symbolism, he uses a Locust-made Boltok Pistol to do it. [[spoiler:In the next game, he ends up [[TogetherInDeath joining her]] in the next game via HeroicSacrifice.]]
25th Apr '16 7:41:09 PM Kurogane7
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*** In a way, you're already doing this for the other Hunters you fight as bosses...one of the saddest being Father Gascoigne.
24th Apr '16 3:54:20 PM Hanz
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* In ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'', Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} does this for Jesse, a boy whose mutant power is to destroy radiation that kills everyone around him. There are other factors at work, including [[spoiler:the fact that the U.S. government had sent Wolverine to do this and]] how bad the truth would be for the mutant community, but it's presented as sparing a boy from a FateWorseThanDeath.

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* In ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'', Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} does this for Jesse, a boy whose mutant power is to destroy generate radiation that kills everyone around him. There are other factors at work, including [[spoiler:the fact that the U.S. government had sent Wolverine to do this and]] how bad the truth would be for the mutant community, but it's presented as sparing a boy from a FateWorseThanDeath.
24th Apr '16 3:50:39 PM Hanz
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* In ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'', {{Wolverine}} does this for Jesse. There are other factors at work, including [[spoiler:the fact that the U.S. government had sent Wolverine to do this and]] how bad the truth would be for the mutant community, but it's presented as sparing a boy from a FateWorseThanDeath.

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* In ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'', {{Wolverine}} Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} does this for Jesse.Jesse, a boy whose mutant power is to destroy radiation that kills everyone around him. There are other factors at work, including [[spoiler:the fact that the U.S. government had sent Wolverine to do this and]] how bad the truth would be for the mutant community, but it's presented as sparing a boy from a FateWorseThanDeath.
19th Apr '16 8:34:17 PM Fireblood
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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. Sandor Clegane stabs a farmer slowly dying of a gut wound in the heart while Arya Stark looks on. After he'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]].

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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. Sandor Clegane stabs a farmer slowly dying of a gut wound in the heart while Arya Stark looks on. After he'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.
17th Apr '16 8:27:36 PM Loekman3
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* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar 2'', Kratos comes upon the Titan Prometheus, who as per Greek mythology is chained to a rock with an eagle ripping out his organs every day (which grow back every night, meaning [[FateWorseThanDeath endless torment]]). Kratos mercy-kills him by dropping him into the Fire of Olympus, earning the Rage of the Titans power-up.

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* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar 2'', ''VideoGame/GodOfWarII'', Kratos comes upon the Titan Prometheus, who as per Greek mythology is chained to a rock with an eagle ripping out his organs every day (which grow back every night, meaning [[FateWorseThanDeath endless torment]]). Kratos mercy-kills him by dropping him into the Fire of Olympus, earning the Rage of the Titans power-up.
16th Apr '16 7:09:56 AM FoolsEditAccount
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* In ''VideoGame/UncommonTime'', losing the battle against [[spoiler:Teagan]] will result in [[spoiler:Teagan]] killing Alto in cold blood, believing that it's the only way to free Alto from the burden of her responsibilities.
15th Apr '16 8:03:07 PM MayumiTsuji
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* ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'': This is basically the role of Elemental Tarot users. The magical girls have no way to purify the Daemonia-possessed humans, so they have no choice but to kill the human to destroy the Daemonia. Protagonist Akari's first kill was her own cousin Fuyuna, who was unknowingly infected by a Daemonia.
13th Apr '16 9:42:43 AM Taskmaster123
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* In the Pacific Theater during World War II, an American pilot managed to get his badly shot-up plane back to his base, but had the landing gear give out on landing, flipping the plane. When the plane came to rest, the pilot was still alive but badly injured, and the plane caught fire. A Marine officer was the first person to reach the plane, and upon eeing the cockpit engulfed in flames and hearing the screams of the trapped pilot, immediately drew his pistol and shot the man twice in the head, killing him instantly. There was very low level talk of court-martialing the Marine, until Admiral Nimitz found out and promptly went ballistic, wondering why the ''fuck'' they were thinking about court-martialing a man who had the balls to do something that had to be done. Because situations like this happen ''all the time'' during war, there are specific sections of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that deal with it directly and absolutely forbid hindsight or Monday-morning quarterbacking, holding that only the conditions at the time of the incident can be taken into account.

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* In the Pacific Theater during World War II, an American pilot managed to get his badly shot-up plane back to his base, but had the landing gear give out on landing, flipping the plane. When the plane came to rest, the pilot was still alive but badly injured, and the plane caught fire. A Marine officer was the first person to reach the plane, and upon eeing seeing the cockpit engulfed in flames and hearing the screams of the trapped pilot, immediately drew his pistol and shot the man twice in the head, killing him instantly. There was very low level talk of court-martialing the Marine, until Admiral Nimitz found out and promptly went ballistic, wondering why the ''fuck'' they were thinking about court-martialing a man who had the balls to do something that had to be done. Because situations like this happen ''all the time'' during war, there are specific sections of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that deal with it directly and absolutely forbid hindsight or Monday-morning quarterbacking, holding that only the conditions at the time of the incident can be taken into account.
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