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26th Sep '16 8:50:15 PM Mhazard
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* The idea behind "an eye for an eye" was to limit what you could do in response to someone who wronged you. According to Hammurabi, the guy who codified the idea in the first place, this was to prevent the old-fashioned method of redressing a wrong...in that, in the old, bad days, if someone did a wrong to you, whether it was murder a loved one, rape your favorite daughter, steal your cattle, or insult you, you and your strongest male relatives would go out and kill the offender, then slaughter their entire clan before they could do the same to you. So, by making the law "an eye for an eye," you cannot take more than what you lost.

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* The idea behind "an eye for an eye" was to limit what you could do in response to someone who wronged you. According to Hammurabi, the guy who codified the idea in the first place, this was to [[UnbuiltTrope prevent the old-fashioned method of redressing a wrong...wrong]]...in that, in the old, bad days, if someone did a wrong to you, whether it was murder a loved one, rape your favorite daughter, steal your cattle, or insult you, you and your strongest male relatives would go out and kill the offender, then slaughter their entire clan before they could do the same to you. So, by making the law "an eye for an eye," [[RestrainedRevenge you cannot take more than what you lost.lost]].
22nd Sep '16 4:47:20 PM Schol-R-LEA
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** In 2006, when an evil cult tries to blackmail a student by threatening the families of her friends at school, Headmistress Carson calls the alumni association, and suddenly all of the superhero alumni are looking the other way while the supervillain alumni take action. By the end of that week, the group was almost entirely liquidated and their assets taken as booty.
** Prior to this, the last case of something like this occurred in 1996; the Serbian terrorists responsible were made the senior project of that yeas, and of the members of the group ''still living'', every last damn one of them was on life support...and profusely grateful to be in jail.

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** In 2006, when an evil cult tries to blackmail a student by threatening the families of her friends at school, Headmistress Carson calls the alumni association, and suddenly all of the superhero alumni are looking the other way while the supervillain alumni take action.action (one of whom, Dr. Diabolik, stated that a [[AscendedMeme 'measured response' to this would be 'something on the order of orbital bombardment']]). By the end of that week, the group was almost entirely liquidated and their assets taken as booty.
** Prior to this, the last case of something like this occurred in 1996; the Serbian terrorists responsible were made the senior project of that yeas, year, and of the members of the group ''still living'', every last damn one of them was on life support...and profusely grateful to be in jail.
22nd Sep '16 4:41:21 PM Schol-R-LEA
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': This is the ''official school policy'' for violating the Accords in general, and especially for anyone reckless enough to dare attack, threaten, or blackmail a student's family in order to get at the student and/or the school.

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': This is the ''official school policy'' for violating someone who violates the Accords (the agreement establishing the school's neutrality and establishing the rules about protecting the student body) in general, and especially for anyone reckless enough to dare attack, threaten, or blackmail a student's family in order to get at the student and/or the school.
22nd Sep '16 4:32:25 PM Schol-R-LEA
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** In 2006, when an evil cult tries to blackmail a student by threatening the families of her friends at school. Headmistress Carson calls the alumni association, and suddenly all of the superhero alumni are looking the other way while the supervillain alumni take action. By the end of that week, the group was almost entirely liquidated and their assets taken as booty.

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** In 2006, when an evil cult tries to blackmail a student by threatening the families of her friends at school. school, Headmistress Carson calls the alumni association, and suddenly all of the superhero alumni are looking the other way while the supervillain alumni take action. By the end of that week, the group was almost entirely liquidated and their assets taken as booty.
22nd Sep '16 4:31:38 PM Schol-R-LEA
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': This is the ''official school policy'' for violating the Accords in general, and especially for anyone reckless enough to dare attack, threaten, or blackmail a student's family in order to get at the student and/or the school.
** In 2006, when an evil cult tries to blackmail a student by threatening the families of her friends at school. Headmistress Carson calls the alumni association, and suddenly all of the superhero alumni are looking the other way while the supervillain alumni take action. By the end of that week, the group was almost entirely liquidated and their assets taken as booty.
** Prior to this, the last case of something like this occurred in 1996; the Serbian terrorists responsible were made the senior project of that yeas, and of the members of the group ''still living'', every last damn one of them was on life support...and profusely grateful to be in jail.
20th Sep '16 3:03:25 PM SilverFang
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* ''Film/TheToxicAvenger"'' It's played straight with our hero, Toxie. He's one of the kindest beings you could ever meet, unless you are a villain. He has a girlfriend, eventual wife, that he is very devoted to. And he does things as big as saving lives to helping someone open a jar or cross the street. But if you're an enemy,[[GoodIsNotNice he'll kill you in a way that makes Freddy Krueger seem nice]].
** One example being he holds a robber down by the neck, pours mil and whipped cream into his mouth, then turns on the blender and blends his throat -making a human milkshake.
**He saves Sweetie Honey from being raped by brutally killing the rapists. He rips out Tex's tongue, [[AndShowItToYou shows it to him]], and throws it on Dex's face. As Tex screams in pain, Toxie lifts him up and breaks his neck by slamming him into a ceiling. Dex and Lex are then killed by Toxie using his trusty mop. Afterward, he goes to comfort Sweetie, asking if she's ok, telling her the men won't hurt her anymore, and holds her hand while offering to take her to his shack so she could call someone to take her home.
16th Sep '16 6:55:47 AM Koveras
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* Leliana of the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series subscribes hard to this. Torture and rape leads to her executing the guard captain responsible, and her personal quest involves hunting down the woman who betrayed her and even if let go Leliana does not let this drop. She tries to kill The Warden if The Urn of Sacred Ashes is defiled, and that's just the first game. [[VideoGame/DragonAge2 The second]] she can be seen eliminating threats to Thedas and her reputation for this trope has her both revered and feared. [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition The third]] can begin with her threatening assassination of The Inquisitor's family and murdering the son of a maddened with grief magister, and it gets better when she tries to go behind Josephine's back and plot murder on who threaten her, or should The Duchess die take up the offer of her remains performing [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments community service]] by warning off other threats.

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* Leliana of the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series subscribes hard to this. Torture and rape leads to her executing the guard captain responsible, and her personal quest involves hunting down the woman who betrayed her and even if let go Leliana does not let this drop. She tries to kill The Warden if The Urn of Sacred Ashes is defiled, and that's just the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins first game. [[VideoGame/DragonAge2 game]]. [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII The second]] she can be seen eliminating threats to Thedas and her reputation for this trope has her both revered and feared. feared.[[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition The third]] can begin with her threatening assassination of The the Inquisitor's family and murdering the son of a magister maddened with grief magister, grief, and it gets better when she tries to go behind Josephine's back and plot murder on those who threaten her, or should The the Duchess die take up the offer of her remains performing [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments community service]] by warning off other threats.
7th Sep '16 9:31:52 PM Daedalis
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* Kvothe of ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'' is singled out for public embarrassment by a petty professor; Kvothe uses this to justify public magical assault of that professor.
4th Sep '16 8:25:37 PM Willbyr
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15th Aug '16 1:39:55 PM rafi
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* Alucard in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' (the TV version) fits... maybe until near the end. Not so much in the manga and OVA where he's a little less discriminating (as some hapless SWAT soldiers find out).
* Very occasionally done in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. It's full of {{Jerkass}} characters, so there's rarely a shortage of [[AssholeVictim asshole victims]], but very few actually practice this MO, mind you. Ranma is the straightest example and once, he mastered the [[CounterAttack Hiryuu Shoten-Ha]] to use against [[EvilOldFolks Happousai]]. Mousse, Kuno, Principal Kuno, and Gosunkugi all charge into the battle to beat on Ranma; nice guy that he is, Ranma hesitates to use his new attack out of concern they'll all be caught in the massive blast. ''Then'' he remembers how the same four characters had earlier viciously ganged up on him when he was too weak to defend himself. He promptly launches the attack.
* Zig-zagged in ''Manga/YuGiOh'', especially in the early installments, back when the series was still intended to be a horror story and Yami Yugi was a dark avenger, taking on a variety of bullies and crooks on the behalf of Yugi and his friends, frequently with [[DisproportionateRetribution Penalty Games]]. It's ambiguous whether any of them died from the treatment, but more than one would be hospitalised. The adults are usually either too powerless to help, and the police don't seem to exist. This character habit is later toned down when the move towards tournament arcs takes precedence, and the character needed to evolve from an anti-hero to a generally mysterious hero. Bakura later points out in Millennium World that the Millennium Items themselves are a compass between good and evil, and can corrupt the people trying to use them to do 'justice' of any sort. The one exception to this treatment is Kaiba -- Yami's second penalty game is designed to give him a spiritual rehabilitation, after some effort.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' plays with and discusses this trope. Several AntiHero protagonists follow this trope, and while the main character is morally opposed, he has a SuperPoweredEvilSide that plays this straight. Occasionally when there's a particularly obvious example, the protagonists will usually have an inner monologue or talk with each other about what happened and how they think the situation should have been handled.
* [[HotBlooded Kazuma]] in ''Anime/{{Scryed}}'' at times, particularly after [[spoiler:Kimishima is killed]] and he decides to go wreck the nearest unit with a [=HOLY=] emblem on it.
* [[BloodKnight Franky]]/[[GoodIsNotNice Zoro]] from ''Manga/OnePiece'' sometimes. Also [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Whitebeard]].
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', [[WellIntentionedExtremist Lelouch]] has moments of this. The first and foremost example of this is how he turns a terrorist group into rebels with good publicity by convincing them to attack anyone who abuses power, as opposed to simply attacking the government and letting Britannian casualties fall where they would (as they had in the past).
** Lelouch has an infamous line in the second series: "I commit evil to fight the greater evil!". However, he ''is'' willing to commit {{hypocri|te}}sy on this regard if it will serve the interest of his goal.
** Charles zi Britannia doing this to [[spoiler:V. V. by taking his code and leaving him to die may look like a case of KickTheSonOfABitch, but it reveals itself as this trope upon the revelation that V. V. was the one who killed Marianne, and Charles was finally getting back at him for that and all of his other lies]].
%%* ''Wild 7''
* Thoroughly deconstructed in ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', although it is played straight in the first couple of episodes when Tenma, in a fit of rage, declares that his superiors should die. [[IWishedYouWereDead They indeed do so]], whereupon the trope is deconstructed since it is the audience, not the characters, who wholeheartedly [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing approve]] of the act.

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* Alucard in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' (the TV version) fits... maybe until near the end. Not so much in the manga and OVA where he's ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' follows a little less discriminating (as some hapless SWAT soldiers find out).
* Very occasionally done in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. It's full
group of {{Jerkass}} characters, so there's rarely a shortage of [[AssholeVictim asshole victims]], but very few actually practice this MO, mind you. Ranma is the straightest example and once, he mastered the [[CounterAttack Hiryuu Shoten-Ha]] to use against [[EvilOldFolks Happousai]]. Mousse, Kuno, Principal Kuno, and Gosunkugi all charge into the battle to beat on Ranma; nice guy that he is, Ranma hesitates to use his new attack out of concern they'll all be caught in the massive blast. ''Then'' he remembers how the same four characters had earlier viciously ganged up on him when he was too weak to defend himself. He promptly launches the attack.
* Zig-zagged in ''Manga/YuGiOh'', especially in the early installments, back when the series was still intended
assassins who only kill people who have proven to be a horror story guilty of crimes not punished by the corrupt government they live under, such as human trafficking, murder, torture, and Yami Yugi was a dark avenger, taking on a variety of bullies human experimentation. They do not sugar coat what they do. They are murderers, killers, and crooks on sinners, and in no way, shape, or form are they the behalf of Yugi good guys, even if what they do is good. They are also perfectly willing to kill anyone they have to, including guards, servants, and his friends, frequently with [[DisproportionateRetribution Penalty Games]]. It's ambiguous whether any relatives of them died from the treatment, but more than one would be hospitalised. The adults people they kill, even if they are usually either too powerless loosely connected to help, the crime. They also ''only'' kill those they have been paid to, and the police don't seem to exist. This character habit is later toned down when the move towards tournament arcs takes precedence, and the character needed to evolve from an anti-hero to a generally mysterious hero. Bakura later points out in Millennium World that the Millennium Items many of their clients work themselves are a compass between good and evil, and can corrupt to death raising the people trying to use them to do 'justice' of any sort. The one exception to this treatment is Kaiba -- Yami's second penalty game is designed to give him a spiritual rehabilitation, after some effort.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' plays with and discusses this trope. Several AntiHero protagonists follow this trope, and while the main character is morally opposed, he has a SuperPoweredEvilSide that plays this straight. Occasionally when there's a particularly obvious example, the protagonists will usually have an inner monologue or talk with each other about what happened and how they think the situation should have been handled.
* [[HotBlooded Kazuma]] in ''Anime/{{Scryed}}'' at times, particularly after [[spoiler:Kimishima is killed]] and he decides to go wreck the nearest unit with a [=HOLY=] emblem on it.
* [[BloodKnight Franky]]/[[GoodIsNotNice Zoro]] from ''Manga/OnePiece'' sometimes. Also [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Whitebeard]].
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', [[WellIntentionedExtremist Lelouch]] has moments of this. The first and foremost example of this is how he turns a terrorist group into rebels with good publicity by convincing them to attack anyone who abuses power, as opposed to simply attacking the government and letting Britannian casualties fall where they would (as they had in the past).
** Lelouch has an infamous line in the second series: "I commit evil to fight the greater evil!". However, he ''is'' willing to commit {{hypocri|te}}sy on this regard if it will serve the interest of his goal.
** Charles zi Britannia doing this to [[spoiler:V. V. by taking his code and leaving him to die may look like a case of KickTheSonOfABitch, but it reveals itself as this trope upon the revelation that V. V. was the one who killed Marianne, and Charles was finally getting back at him for that and all of his other lies]].
%%* ''Wild 7''
* Thoroughly deconstructed in ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', although it is played straight in the first couple of episodes when Tenma, in a fit of rage, declares that his superiors should die. [[IWishedYouWereDead They indeed do so]], whereupon the trope is deconstructed since it is the audience, not the characters, who wholeheartedly [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing approve]] of the act.
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* Eren in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', when he kills the first two traffickers that kidnapped Mikasa. It establishes that Eren was never completely... normal, but the victims really had it coming to them.
-->''I merely put down some rabid dogs. Sometimes they just happen to look like people.''
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', two separate gangs try to take over the same train independently, and neither side is worried about innocent casualties (the black suits were actually planning to kill everyone whether their demands are met or not). [[spoiler:[[UnscrupulousHero Claire Stanfield]]]] proceeds to kill them all in some of the most gruesome ways possible -- but he remains one of the most popular characters in the series.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Mayuri, while [[SociopathicHero barely qualifying as a hero]], has a couple of moments. He kills Szayel by using him as a test subject for a drug that makes Szayel feel like he's experiencing a slow, agonizing death over centuries. Despite Szayel's torture of Renji and Uryuu and his forcible impregnation of Nemu, Mayuri feels Szayel's cardinal sin is to seek, and claim to have found, perfection -- for which he believes a torturous death via an experimental drug is an acceptable way to die.
** Giselle Gewelle is an abusive, sadistic troll who gleefully transforms people into her zombie slaves. Mayuri, using the blood of his Arrancar zombies, actually reprograms Giselle's zombies into ''his'' zombies, which then turn on her and impale her with extreme prejudice.
* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' has [[spoiler:Chizuru]] slaughtering her rapists with [[HumongousMecha Zearth's]] lasers. While they had it coming, she goes straight into KickTheDog territory when she notices that one of her attackers is carrying his young daughter and [[WouldHurtAChild vaporizes him anyway, presumably killing the kid as well]].
* After he [[spoiler:stops killing clones en masse in a "level up" experiment]], Accelerator from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' pretty much decides on this when dealing with anyone he sees harming innocent people, usually ending in a swift or painful death, and he holds little remorse for it.
* As Ogami Rei's motto states in ''Manga/CodeBreaker'', "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, evil for evil".
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', [[WellIntentionedExtremist Lelouch]] has moments of this. The first and foremost example of this is how he turns a terrorist group into rebels with good publicity by convincing them to attack anyone who abuses power, as opposed to simply attacking the government and letting Britannian casualties fall where they would (as they had in the past).
** Lelouch has an infamous line in the second series: "I commit evil to fight the greater evil!". However, he ''is'' willing to commit {{hypocri|te}}sy on this regard if it will serve the interest of his goal.
** Charles zi Britannia doing this to [[spoiler:V. V. by taking his code and leaving him to die may look like a case of KickTheSonOfABitch, but it reveals itself as this trope upon the revelation that V. V. was the one who killed Marianne, and Charles was finally getting back at him for that and all of his other lies]].



* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** Goku was merciless towards his enemies when he was a child. If you harmed his friends, someone he liked, or just got him mad enough, he paid it back with violent retribution, not really caring if he ended up killing or crippling the person. If you, god-forbid, actually killed someone he cared about, then your life was practically forfeit. He hunted down and killed Piccolo and all his children after they murdered his best friend, Krillin, and father figure, Master Roshi. Although Goku is much more chill as an adult, some of this attitude still remains. This can be seen with his fight against Frieza. Frieza's entire fighting style is [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing people to death]] by physically overwhelming them with his power and [[DespairEventHorizon pushing them to utter despair]] by making them die knowing that they never stood a chance against him. After Goku becomes a Super Saiyan, he spends almost the entire fight toying with and brutalizing Frieza just as he had done to his victims. The ''only'' reason why Goku tries to spare Frieza is because he sees letting Frieza [[CruelMercy live with his pride shattered is the cruelest punishment possible]].
** His son, Gohan, wholly embraces this mindset after becoming a Super Saiyan 2. He didn't just want to beat Cell, [[ColdBloodedTorture he wanted to torture the android to death and have him die in despair]] for the crimes he committed. [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero It backfires]] when Cell [[RageQuit decides to blow himself and the Earth up]], which not only makes Goku [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice himself to relocate Cell]], it lets Cell [[CameBackStrong come back strong enough to challenge Gohan]] and [[HeroKiller kill Trunks on the side]]. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone And Gohan very much realizes it's his fault]]]].
** After becoming mostly good, Piccolo takes up this mantle. He will kill his enemies without hesitation and will sometimes do it in a most brutal manner, such as cutting Androids 20's hand off and slicing Babidi in half.
* ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'':
** Scar's mission upon gaining his alchemic right arm from his brother is to use alchemy itself ([[LoopholeAbuse stopping at the second out of the three stages, Destroy, so as to not go against his religious beliefs]]) to kill all the State Alchemists in vengeance for the mass genocide they committed against the Ishvalan people.
** This is the comeuppance of Envy. [[spoiler:He's slowly and methodically tortured by Mustang, and despite him completely deserving the pain he goes through, it's still unnerving to see Mustang like this, and he's ultimately subject to the WhatTheHellHero treatment from all his nearby allies that shames him out of taking the final blow.]]



* ''Anime/HellGirl'' runs on this trope. For the most part, the people getting sent to Hell are AssholeVictims and are sent by someone they tormented.
* Alucard in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' (the TV version) fits... maybe until near the end. Not so much in the manga and OVA where he's a little less discriminating (as some hapless SWAT soldiers find out).
* Happens occasionally in some hentai plots.
** Sometimes it's done TO the rapist. Other times it's done BY the rapist:
** In Anette XXX, two girls harassed and bullied their little brothers for all their lives. The two guys conspire to rape each other's sister.
* Invoked by Yuu from ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'' before he [[spoiler:fights Taka in Masaki's stead]]. "All I know is that I will answer malice... with violence."



* Thoroughly deconstructed in ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', although it is played straight in the first couple of episodes when Tenma, in a fit of rage, declares that his superiors should die. [[IWishedYouWereDead They indeed do so]], whereupon the trope is deconstructed since it is the audience, not the characters, who wholeheartedly [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing approve]] of the act.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}'', Ainz, after {{No Sell}}ing Clementine's attacks, [[spoiler:grabs her and slowly bearhugs her to death as payback for her killing of the Swords of Darkness, especially [[CruelAndUnusualDeath torturing Ninya to death]]]]. Given her nature and actions, it's rather cathartic to see her helpessly struggle against her impending doom against an enemy she can't possibly defeat ([[DeathByIrony something she herself enjoyed forcing on others]]).
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Ash and friends are normally perfectly content to allow the BigBad to be quietly arrested, but in dealing with Grings Kodai, the BigBad of ''Anime/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions'', they, and even the cops, arranged for him to watch as his EvilGloating is broadcast live on his own TV station, pretty much forcing him to watch his public humiliation. While harsh for them, Kodai was an absolute [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who [[spoiler:committed the anime's first true murder of a Pokémon]] and ''electrocuted a '''baby''''' right in front of its mother with no remorse.
* Very occasionally done in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. It's full of {{Jerkass}} characters, so there's rarely a shortage of [[AssholeVictim asshole victims]], but very few actually practice this MO, mind you. Ranma is the straightest example and once, he mastered the [[CounterAttack Hiryuu Shoten-Ha]] to use against [[EvilOldFolks Happousai]]. Mousse, Kuno, Principal Kuno, and Gosunkugi all charge into the battle to beat on Ranma; nice guy that he is, Ranma hesitates to use his new attack out of concern they'll all be caught in the massive blast. ''Then'' he remembers how the same four characters had earlier viciously ganged up on him when he was too weak to defend himself. He promptly launches the attack.



* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', purging angels is about the worst thing you can do to them, and [[PhysicalGod Zeus]] does it to make heaven pure.
* [[HotBlooded Kazuma]] in ''Anime/{{Scryed}}'' at times, particularly after [[spoiler:Kimishima is killed]] and he decides to go wreck the nearest unit with a [=HOLY=] emblem on it.
* In the 24th episode of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', after Kirito gets his HeroicSecondWind, he proceeds to cut Oberon apart very painfully, which normally, would be an evil thing to do, but since [[AssholeVictim Oberon]] has just attempted to rape Asuna after inflicting pain onto Kirito by pinning him down with gravity based magic, and impaling him with his own sword, it's well deserved since Oberon has done some pretty horrible things.
* Lunatic from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' is a big subscriber to this philosophy, and will even kill criminals who have already been arrested and/or imprisoned if he decides they're sufficiently heinous. [[spoiler:On the other hand, his sense of honor is strong enough that he goes out of his way to protect Kotetsu when the latter is falsely accused of murder.]]
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': Kaneki develops this mentality after enduring ten days of ColdBloodedTorture at the hands of the psychotic Ghoul Yamori and escaping, starting when he beats Yamori into submission, eats his kagune, and leaves him to the mercy of the CCG.
-->'''Kaneki''': Remember, you're the one that tried to eat me first. So, you'll get what's coming to you... [[EatTheCamera when I eat you instead]].
* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'', Zebra of the Four Emperors was imprisoned for life for single-handedly hunting 26 different species to extinction. However, we later find out that they all messed up the ecosystems they were in, and quite possibly they were vicious, mindless living weapons sent there by an enemy. He [[SociopathicHero doesn't exactly do this intentionally]], though.



* [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash]] and friends are normally perfectly content to allow the BigBad to be quietly arrested, but in dealing with Grings Kodai, the BigBad of ''Anime/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions'', they, and even the cops, arranged for him to watch as his EvilGloating is broadcast live on his own TV station, pretty much forcing him to watch his public humiliation. While harsh for them, Kodai was an absolute [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who [[spoiler:committed the anime's first true murder of a Pokémon]] and ''electrocuted a '''baby''''' right in front of its mother with no remorse.
* Invoked by Yuu from ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'' before he [[spoiler:fights Taka in Masaki's stead]]. "All I know is that I will answer malice... with violence."
* After he [[spoiler:stops killing clones en masse in a "level up" experiment]], Accelerator from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' pretty much decides on this when dealing with anyone he sees harming innocent people, usually ending in a swift or painful death, and he holds little remorse for it.
* As [[Manga/CodeBreaker Ogami Rei's]] motto states, "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, evil for evil".
* In Manga/{{Toriko}}, Zebra of the Four Emperors was imprisoned for life for single-handedly hunting 26 different species to extinction. However, we later find out that they all messed up the ecosystems they were in, and quite possibly they were vicious, mindless living weapons sent there by an enemy. He [[SociopathicHero doesn't exactly do this intentionally]], though.
* Happens occasionally in some hentai plots.
** Sometimes it's done TO the rapist. Other times it's done BY the rapist:
** In Anette XXX, two girls harassed and bullied their little brothers for all their lives. The two guys conspire to rape each other's sister.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', purging angels is about the worst thing you can do to them, and [[PhysicalGod Zeus]] does it to make heaven pure.
* Manga/FullMetalAlchemist:
** Scar's mission upon gaining his alchemic right arm from his brother is to use alchemy itself ([[LoopholeAbuse stopping at the second out of the three stages, Destroy, so as to not go against his religious beliefs]]) to kill all the State Alchemists in vengeance for the mass genocide they committed against the Ishvalan people.
** This is the comeuppance of Envy. [[spoiler:He's slowly and methodically tortured by Mustang, and despite him completely deserving the pain he goes through, it's still unnerving to see Mustang like this, and he's ultimately subject to the WhatTheHellHero treatment from all his nearby allies that shames him out of taking the final blow.]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', two separate gangs try to take over the same train independently, and neither side is worried about innocent casualties (the black suits were actually planning to kill everyone whether their demands are met or not). [[spoiler:[[UnscrupulousHero Claire Stanfield]]]] proceeds to kill them all in some of the most gruesome ways possible -- but he remains one of the most popular characters in the series.
* Lunatic from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' is a big subscriber to this philosophy, and will even kill criminals who have already been arrested and/or imprisoned if he decides they're sufficiently heinous. [[spoiler:On the other hand, his sense of honor is strong enough that he goes out of his way to protect Kotetsu when the latter is falsely accused of murder.]]
* ''Anime/HellGirl'' runs on this trope. For the most part, the people getting sent to Hell are AssholeVictims and are sent by someone they tormented.
* ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' follows a group of assassins who only kill people who have proven to be guilty of crimes not punished by the corrupt government they live under, such as human trafficking, murder, torture, and human experimentation. They do not sugar coat what they do. They are murderers, killers, and sinners, and in no way, shape, or form are they the good guys, even if what they do is good. They are also perfectly willing to kill anyone they have to, including guards, servants, and relatives of the people they kill, even if they are loosely connected to the crime. They also ''only'' kill those they have been paid to, and many of their clients work themselves to death raising the money.
* In the 24th episode of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', after Kirito gets his HeroicSecondWind, he proceeds to cut Oberon apart very painfully, which normally, would be an evil thing to do, but since [[AssholeVictim Oberon]] has just attempted to rape Asuna after inflicting pain onto Kirito by pinning him down with gravity based magic, and impaling him with his own sword, it's well deserved since Oberon has done some pretty horrible things.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Mayuri, while [[SociopathicHero barely qualifying as a hero]], has a couple of moments. He kills Szayel by using him as a test subject for a drug that makes Szayel feel like he's experiencing a slow, agonizing death over centuries. Despite Szayel's torture of Renji and Uryuu and his forcible impregnation of Nemu, Mayuri feels Szayel's cardinal sin is to seek, and claim to have found, perfection -- for which he believes a torturous death via an experimental drug is an acceptable way to die.
** Giselle Gewelle is an abusive, sadistic troll who gleefully transforms people into her zombie slaves. Mayuri, using the blood of his Arrancar zombies, actually reprograms Giselle's zombies into ''his'' zombies, which then turn on her and impale her with extreme prejudice.
* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' has [[spoiler:Chizuru]] slaughtering her rapists with [[HumongousMecha Zearth's]] lasers. While they had it coming, she goes straight into KickTheDog territory when she notices that one of her attackers is carrying his young daughter and [[WouldHurtAChild vaporizes him anyway, presumably killing the kid as well]].
* Eren in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', when he kills the first two traffickers that kidnapped Mikasa. It establishes that Eren was never completely... normal, but the victims really had it coming to them.
-->''I merely put down some rabid dogs. Sometimes they just happen to look like people.''
* In ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}'', Ainz, after {{No Sell}}ing Clementine's attacks, [[spoiler:grabs her and slowly bearhugs her to death as payback for her killing of the Swords of Darkness, especially [[CruelAndUnusualDeath torturing Ninya to death]]]]. Given her nature and actions, it's rather cathartic to see her helpessly struggle against her impending doom against an enemy she can't possibly defeat ([[DeathByIrony something she herself enjoyed forcing on others]]).
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': Kaneki develops this mentality after enduring ten days of ColdBloodedTorture at the hands of the psychotic Ghoul Yamori and escaping, starting when he beats Yamori into submission, eats his kagune, and leaves him to the mercy of the CCG.
-->'''Kaneki''': Remember, you're the one that tried to eat me first. So, you'll get what's coming to you... [[EatTheCamera when I eat you instead]].
* ''Manga/DragonBall''
** Goku was merciless towards his enemies when he was a child. If you harmed his friends, someone he liked, or just got him mad enough, he paid it back with violent retribution, not really caring if he ended up killing or crippling the person. If you, god-forbid, actually killed someone he cared about, then your life was practically forfeit. He hunted down and killed Piccolo and all his children after they murdered his best friend, Krillin, and father figure, Master Roshi. Although Goku is much more chill as an adult, some of this attitude still remains. This can be seen with his fight against Frieza. Frieza's entire fighting style is [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing people to death]] by physically overwhelming them with his power and [[DespairEventHorizon pushing them to utter despair]] by making them die knowing that they never stood a chance against him. After Goku becomes a Super Saiyan, he spends almost the entire fight toying with and brutalizing Frieza just as he had done to his victims. The ''only'' reason why Goku tries to spare Frieza is because he sees letting Frieza [[CruelMercy live with his pride shattered is the cruelest punishment possible]].
** His son, Gohan, wholly embraces this mindset after becoming a Super Saiyan 2. He didn't just want to beat Cell, [[ColdBloodedTorture he wanted to torture the android to death and have him die in despair]] for the crimes he committed. [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero It backfires]] when Cell [[RageQuit decides to blow himself and the Earth up]], which not only makes Goku [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice himself to relocate Cell]], it lets Cell [[CameBackStrong come back strong enough to challenge Gohan]] and [[HeroKiller kill Trunks on the side]]. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone And Gohan very much realizes it's his fault]]]].
** After becoming mostly good, Piccolo takes up this mantle. He will kill his enemies without hesitation and will sometimes do it in a most brutal manner, such as cutting Androids 20's hand off and slicing Babidi in half.

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* [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash]] and friends are normally perfectly content to allow the BigBad to be quietly arrested, but Zig-zagged in dealing with Grings Kodai, the BigBad of ''Anime/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions'', they, and even the cops, arranged for him to watch as his EvilGloating is broadcast live on his own TV station, pretty much forcing him to watch his public humiliation. While harsh for them, Kodai was an absolute [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who [[spoiler:committed the anime's first true murder of a Pokémon]] and ''electrocuted a '''baby''''' right in front of its mother with no remorse.
* Invoked by Yuu from ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'' before he [[spoiler:fights Taka in Masaki's stead]]. "All I know is that I will answer malice... with violence."
* After he [[spoiler:stops killing clones en masse in a "level up" experiment]], Accelerator from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' pretty much decides on this when dealing with anyone he sees harming innocent people, usually ending in a swift or painful death, and he holds little remorse for it.
* As [[Manga/CodeBreaker Ogami Rei's]] motto states, "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, evil for evil".
* In Manga/{{Toriko}}, Zebra of the Four Emperors was imprisoned for life for single-handedly hunting 26 different species to extinction. However, we later find out that they all messed up the ecosystems they were in, and quite possibly they were vicious, mindless living weapons sent there by an enemy. He [[SociopathicHero doesn't exactly do this intentionally]], though.
* Happens occasionally in some hentai plots.
** Sometimes it's done TO the rapist. Other times it's done BY the rapist:
** In Anette XXX, two girls harassed and bullied their little brothers for all their lives. The two guys conspire to rape each other's sister.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', purging angels is about the worst thing you can do to them, and [[PhysicalGod Zeus]] does it to make heaven pure.
* Manga/FullMetalAlchemist:
** Scar's mission upon gaining his alchemic right arm from his brother is to use alchemy itself ([[LoopholeAbuse stopping at the second out of the three stages, Destroy, so as to not go against his religious beliefs]]) to kill all the State Alchemists in vengeance for the mass genocide they committed against the Ishvalan people.
** This is the comeuppance of Envy. [[spoiler:He's slowly and methodically tortured by Mustang, and despite him completely deserving the pain he goes through, it's still unnerving to see Mustang like this, and he's ultimately subject to the WhatTheHellHero treatment from all his nearby allies that shames him out of taking the final blow.]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', two separate gangs try to take over the same train independently, and neither side is worried about innocent casualties (the black suits were actually planning to kill everyone whether their demands are met or not). [[spoiler:[[UnscrupulousHero Claire Stanfield]]]] proceeds to kill them all in some of the most gruesome ways possible -- but he remains one of the most popular characters in the series.
* Lunatic from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' is a big subscriber to this philosophy, and will even kill criminals who have already been arrested and/or imprisoned if he decides they're sufficiently heinous. [[spoiler:On the other hand, his sense of honor is strong enough that he goes out of his way to protect Kotetsu when the latter is falsely accused of murder.]]
* ''Anime/HellGirl'' runs on this trope. For the most part, the people getting sent to Hell are AssholeVictims and are sent by someone they tormented.
* ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' follows a group of assassins who only kill people who have proven to be guilty of crimes not punished by the corrupt government they live under, such as human trafficking, murder, torture, and human experimentation. They do not sugar coat what they do. They are murderers, killers, and sinners, and in no way, shape, or form are they the good guys, even if what they do is good. They are also perfectly willing to kill anyone they have to, including guards, servants, and relatives of the people they kill, even if they are loosely connected to the crime. They also ''only'' kill those they have been paid to, and many of their clients work themselves to death raising the money.
* In the 24th episode of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', after Kirito gets his HeroicSecondWind, he proceeds to cut Oberon apart very painfully, which normally, would be an evil thing to do, but since [[AssholeVictim Oberon]] has just attempted to rape Asuna after inflicting pain onto Kirito by pinning him down with gravity based magic, and impaling him with his own sword, it's well deserved since Oberon has done some pretty horrible things.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Mayuri, while [[SociopathicHero barely qualifying as a hero]], has a couple of moments. He kills Szayel by using him as a test subject for a drug that makes Szayel feel like he's experiencing a slow, agonizing death over centuries. Despite Szayel's torture of Renji and Uryuu and his forcible impregnation of Nemu, Mayuri feels Szayel's cardinal sin is to seek, and claim to have found, perfection -- for which he believes a torturous death via an experimental drug is an acceptable way to die.
** Giselle Gewelle is an abusive, sadistic troll who gleefully transforms people into her zombie slaves. Mayuri, using the blood of his Arrancar zombies, actually reprograms Giselle's zombies into ''his'' zombies, which then turn on her and impale her with extreme prejudice.
* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' has [[spoiler:Chizuru]] slaughtering her rapists with [[HumongousMecha Zearth's]] lasers. While they had it coming, she goes straight into KickTheDog territory when she notices that one of her attackers is carrying his young daughter and [[WouldHurtAChild vaporizes him anyway, presumably killing the kid as well]].
* Eren in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', when he kills the first two traffickers that kidnapped Mikasa. It establishes that Eren was never completely... normal, but the victims really had it coming to them.
-->''I merely put down some rabid dogs. Sometimes they just happen to look like people.''
* In ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}'', Ainz, after {{No Sell}}ing Clementine's attacks, [[spoiler:grabs her and slowly bearhugs her to death as payback for her killing of the Swords of Darkness,
''Manga/YuGiOh'', especially [[CruelAndUnusualDeath torturing Ninya to death]]]]. Given her nature and actions, it's rather cathartic to see her helpessly struggle against her impending doom against an enemy she can't possibly defeat ([[DeathByIrony something she herself enjoyed forcing on others]]).
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': Kaneki develops this mentality after enduring ten days of ColdBloodedTorture at
in the hands of the psychotic Ghoul Yamori and escaping, starting early installments, back when he beats Yamori into submission, eats his kagune, the series was still intended to be a horror story and leaves him to the mercy of the CCG.
-->'''Kaneki''': Remember, you're the one that tried to eat me first. So, you'll get what's coming to you... [[EatTheCamera when I eat you instead]].
* ''Manga/DragonBall''
** Goku was merciless towards his enemies when he
Yami Yugi was a child. If you harmed dark avenger, taking on a variety of bullies and crooks on the behalf of Yugi and his friends, someone he liked, or just got him mad enough, he paid it back frequently with violent retribution, not really caring if he ended up killing or crippling [[DisproportionateRetribution Penalty Games]]. It's ambiguous whether any of them died from the person. If you, god-forbid, actually killed someone he cared about, then your life was practically forfeit. He hunted treatment, but more than one would be hospitalised. The adults are usually either too powerless to help, and the police don't seem to exist. This character habit is later toned down when the move towards tournament arcs takes precedence, and killed Piccolo the character needed to evolve from an anti-hero to a generally mysterious hero. Bakura later points out in Millennium World that the Millennium Items themselves are a compass between good and all his children after they murdered his best friend, Krillin, evil, and father figure, Master Roshi. Although Goku is much more chill as an adult, some of this attitude still remains. This can be seen with his fight against Frieza. Frieza's entire fighting style is [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing corrupt the people trying to death]] by physically overwhelming them with his power and [[DespairEventHorizon pushing use them to utter despair]] by making them die knowing that they never stood do 'justice' of any sort. The one exception to this treatment is Kaiba -- Yami's second penalty game is designed to give him a chance against him. After Goku becomes a Super Saiyan, he spends almost the entire fight toying spiritual rehabilitation, after some effort.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' plays
with and brutalizing Frieza just as discusses this trope. Several AntiHero protagonists follow this trope, and while the main character is morally opposed, he had done to his victims. The ''only'' reason why Goku tries to spare Frieza is because he sees letting Frieza [[CruelMercy live has a SuperPoweredEvilSide that plays this straight. Occasionally when there's a particularly obvious example, the protagonists will usually have an inner monologue or talk with his pride shattered is each other about what happened and how they think the cruelest punishment possible]].
** His son, Gohan, wholly embraces this mindset after becoming a Super Saiyan 2. He didn't just want to beat Cell, [[ColdBloodedTorture he wanted to torture the android to death and
situation should have him die in despair]] for the crimes he committed. [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero It backfires]] when Cell [[RageQuit decides to blow himself and the Earth up]], which not only makes Goku [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice himself to relocate Cell]], it lets Cell [[CameBackStrong come back strong enough to challenge Gohan]] and [[HeroKiller kill Trunks on the side]]. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone And Gohan very much realizes it's his fault]]]].
** After becoming mostly good, Piccolo takes up this mantle. He will kill his enemies without hesitation and will sometimes do it in a most brutal manner, such as cutting Androids 20's hand off and slicing Babidi in half.
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