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28th Oct '17 12:34:58 PM OlmoJV
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20th Sep '17 8:32:43 AM PistolsAtDawn
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But it's usually more successful if done in the form of ego stroking ("Surely such a great king as yourself is wise enough...", "How could he possibly pose a threat to someone so great...?") or noting the [[SlaveToPR good PR]] it will bring ("Everyone would know what a kind sovereign you are...") than by trying to appeal to any good nature ("If you just listen to your heart..."). Even if they agree, the prisoner may just be tossed into TheAlcatraz instead ([[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers Iron Mask]] optional). A character who begs this way will be AintToProudToBeg.

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But it's usually more successful if done in the form of ego stroking ("Surely such a great king as yourself is wise enough...", "How could he possibly pose a threat to someone so great...?") or noting the [[SlaveToPR good PR]] it will bring ("Everyone would know what a kind sovereign you are...") than by trying to appeal to any good nature ("If you just listen to your heart..."). Even if they agree, the prisoner may just be tossed into TheAlcatraz instead ([[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers Iron Mask]] optional). A character who begs this way will be AintToProudToBeg.
AintTooProudToBeg.
20th Sep '17 8:32:30 AM PistolsAtDawn
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But it's usually more successful if done in the form of ego stroking ("Surely such a great king as yourself is wise enough...", "How could he possibly pose a threat to someone so great...?") or noting the [[SlaveToPR good PR]] it will bring ("Everyone would know what a kind sovereign you are...") than by trying to appeal to any good nature ("If you just listen to your heart..."). Even if they agree, the prisoner may just be tossed into TheAlcatraz instead ([[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers Iron Mask]] optional).

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But it's usually more successful if done in the form of ego stroking ("Surely such a great king as yourself is wise enough...", "How could he possibly pose a threat to someone so great...?") or noting the [[SlaveToPR good PR]] it will bring ("Everyone would know what a kind sovereign you are...") than by trying to appeal to any good nature ("If you just listen to your heart..."). Even if they agree, the prisoner may just be tossed into TheAlcatraz instead ([[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers Iron Mask]] optional).
optional). A character who begs this way will be AintToProudToBeg.
21st Aug '17 1:18:55 PM OlmoJV
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* ''Fanfic/TheVow'': after [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen's]] crime of [[spoiler:panda genocide]] is exposed (in the middle of his wedding, no less), Gongmen City's entire council condemns him to be executed and Shen's devastated parents seem to have no choice but to go along with it. Lady Lianne, Shen's beloved, arrives to speak on Shen's behalf, kneels in her wedding dress and begs in a teary way for Shen to be exiled instead, hoping that he'd repent and be able to return. Unfortunately, Shen is unaware of what Lianne did for him and believes her to have simply forgotten him during his following thirty years in exile, resulting in him imprisoning her when he retakes Gongmen as per canon and desiring vengeance on her as well. When he's finally told of what Lianne did to save him, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he feels remorseful]] for his treatment of her and fully reawakens his love for her [[spoiler:([[SparedByTheAdaptation which saves him in the end]])]].

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* ''Fanfic/TheVow'': after After [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen's]] crime of [[spoiler:panda genocide]] is exposed (in the middle of his wedding, no less), Gongmen City's entire council condemns him to be executed and Shen's devastated parents seem to have no choice but to go along with it. Lady Lianne, Shen's beloved, arrives to speak on Shen's behalf, kneels in her wedding dress and begs in a teary way for Shen to be exiled instead, hoping that he'd repent and be able to return. Unfortunately, Shen is unaware of what Lianne did for him and believes her to have simply forgotten him during his following thirty years in exile, resulting in him imprisoning her when he retakes Gongmen as per canon and desiring vengeance on her as well. When he's finally told of what Lianne did to save him, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he feels remorseful]] for his treatment of her and fully reawakens rekindles his love for her [[spoiler:([[SparedByTheAdaptation which saves him in the end]])]].
12th Jul '17 9:10:28 AM xcountryguy
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* Kurumi attempts this in ''Manga/HaouAiren'', on behalf of [[spoiler: Reilan]] when [[spoiler: Hakuron decides to shoot her dead for ''setting Kurumi up to be gang raped''.]] [[spoiler: To say it fails is, well, an UnderStatement.]]

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* Kurumi attempts this in ''Manga/HaouAiren'', on behalf of [[spoiler: Reilan]] [[spoiler:Reilan]] when [[spoiler: Hakuron [[spoiler:Hakuron decides to shoot her dead for ''setting Kurumi up to be gang raped''.]] [[spoiler: To [[spoiler:To say it fails is, well, an UnderStatement.]]



* In Film/TheManInTheIronMask, D'artagnan pleads with King Louis to spare the life of [[spoiler: his twin brother, Philippe]], doing so in the name of his long years of devoted service, during which he never Louis asked for ''anything''. [[spoiler: It doesn't work, but Philippe escapes death via an inspired bit of BriarPatching, and is instead thrown in jail, where he is swiftly rescued by Aramais, Athos, Porthos, as well as D'artagnan, who has undergone a FaceHeelTurn]].

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* In Film/TheManInTheIronMask, D'artagnan pleads with King Louis to spare the life of [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his twin brother, Philippe]], doing so in the name of his long years of devoted service, during which he never Louis asked for ''anything''. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It doesn't work, but Philippe escapes death via an inspired bit of BriarPatching, and is instead thrown in jail, where he is swiftly rescued by Aramais, Athos, Porthos, as well as D'artagnan, who has undergone a FaceHeelTurn]].



* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'' [[spoiler:Severus Snape tried to do this in regards to [[TheLostLenore Lily Evans]] after she became [[BigBad Lord Voldemort's]] primary target (along with her husband and son).]] [[spoiler: It didn't work, although it should be noted that Voldemort would have been willing to spare her for Snape if she had just let him murder her baby. [[TheSociopath This is his idea of an honest, good-faith attempt to keep his end of the bargain]].]]

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'' [[spoiler:Severus Snape tried to do this in regards to [[TheLostLenore Lily Evans]] after she became [[BigBad Lord Voldemort's]] primary target (along with her husband and son).]] [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It didn't work, although it should be noted that Voldemort would have been willing to spare her for Snape if she had just let him murder her baby. [[TheSociopath This is his idea of an honest, good-faith attempt to keep his end of the bargain]].]]



** Merlin also begs Arthur to change his mind about [[spoiler: banishing Gwen.]] It doesn't work.

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** Merlin also begs Arthur to change his mind about [[spoiler: banishing [[spoiler:banishing Gwen.]] It doesn't work.



* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has an example during [[spoiler: the Dominion's occupation of the station.]] Dukat's (naive) daughter comes to him looking for a pardon for a friend caught trying to commit sabotage on a military base. Despite a full pardon for an enemy saboteur during a war being a relatively ''outlandish'' request (which she can't seem to grasp), Dukat's reaction (criminals are enemies of the state, they never deserve mercy) finally convinces her he really is one of the bad guys.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has an example during [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Dominion's occupation of the station.]] Dukat's (naive) daughter comes to him looking for a pardon for a friend caught trying to commit sabotage on a military base. Despite a full pardon for an enemy saboteur during a war being a relatively ''outlandish'' request (which she can't seem to grasp), Dukat's reaction (criminals are enemies of the state, they never deserve mercy) finally convinces her he really is one of the bad guys.



* Leonora in Verdi's ''Il Trovatore'', for her beloved Manrico's life. Count di Luna refuses to spare his rival until she agrees to be his. [[spoiler: ([[DrivenToSuicide She never says she'll be alive for it]], though.)]]

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* Leonora in Verdi's ''Il Trovatore'', for her beloved Manrico's life. Count di Luna refuses to spare his rival until she agrees to be his. [[spoiler: ([[DrivenToSuicide [[spoiler:([[DrivenToSuicide She never says she'll be alive for it]], though.)]]
16th Apr '17 6:37:52 PM nombretomado
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* ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has an example during [[spoiler: the Dominion's occupation of the station.]] Dukat's (naive) daughter comes to him looking for a pardon for a friend caught trying to commit sabotage on a military base. Despite a full pardon for an enemy saboteur during a war being a relatively ''outlandish'' request (which she can't seem to grasp), Dukat's reaction (criminals are enemies of the state, they never deserve mercy) finally convinces her he really is one of the bad guys.

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* ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has an example during [[spoiler: the Dominion's occupation of the station.]] Dukat's (naive) daughter comes to him looking for a pardon for a friend caught trying to commit sabotage on a military base. Despite a full pardon for an enemy saboteur during a war being a relatively ''outlandish'' request (which she can't seem to grasp), Dukat's reaction (criminals are enemies of the state, they never deserve mercy) finally convinces her he really is one of the bad guys.
7th Apr '17 1:52:33 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Sansa pleads with Joffrey to exercise mercy in his treatment of Ned. It fails. Though Joffrey says before Sansa pleaded for Ned's life, he was going to have Ned hung, drawn, and quartered before he beheaded him.
24th Mar '17 11:33:24 AM gb00393
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** Catelyn had to persuade Brandon to not kill Littlefinger.
12th Mar '17 3:06:31 AM Xtifr
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* Roman dictator Sulla once ordered a number of political enemies killed, among them young UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar. When his followers reacted with this trope (Caesar was very young then), he stated that they had to be unintelligent [[GenreSavvy if they failed to see any danger in the boy]]. Caesar still survived, and the rest is history.

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* Roman dictator Sulla once ordered a number of political enemies killed, among them young UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar. When his followers reacted with this trope (Caesar was very young then), he stated that they had to be unintelligent [[GenreSavvy if they failed to see any danger in the boy]].boy. Caesar still survived, and the rest is history.
12th Mar '17 3:05:34 AM Xtifr
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* Roman dictator Sulla once ordered a number of political enemies killed, among them young Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar. When his followers reacted with this trope (Caesar was very young then), he stated that they had to be unintelligent [[GenreSavvy if they failed to see any danger in the boy]]. Caesar still survived, and the rest is history.

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* Roman dictator Sulla once ordered a number of political enemies killed, among them young Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar.UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar. When his followers reacted with this trope (Caesar was very young then), he stated that they had to be unintelligent [[GenreSavvy if they failed to see any danger in the boy]]. Caesar still survived, and the rest is history.
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