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12th Feb '17 4:18:51 PM LadyNorbert
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* Pictured: In ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', when Louis [=XVth=] wants to execute André for MarieAntoinette's accident. She recovers, and successfully pleads the king that Andre did nothing wrong.
** ''WebAnimation/RoseOfVersaillesAbridged'' spoofs this. Marie tries it as a JediMindTrick; the King is only partly affected, but he sighs and lets Andre go anyway.

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* Pictured: In ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', when Louis [=XVth=] XV wants to execute André for MarieAntoinette's accident. She recovers, and successfully pleads persuades the king that Andre André did nothing wrong.
** ''WebAnimation/RoseOfVersaillesAbridged'' spoofs this. Marie tries it as a JediMindTrick; the King is only partly affected, but he sighs and lets Andre André go anyway.



* 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 gangraped''.]] [[spoiler: To say it fails is, well, an UnderStatement.]]

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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 gangraped''.gang raped''.]] [[spoiler: To say it fails is, well, an UnderStatement.]]



* ''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 [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen's]] crime of [[spoiler:panda genocide]] is exposed -- in (in the middle of his wedding, no less --, 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]])]].



** When the Horned King intends to kill Taran and have his revenge for his downfall, Avalina [[GoThroughMe comes between them]] and begs the lich to stop. After internal struggling, the Horned King acknowledges that he owes the pig-keeper for saving Avalina [[LimaSyndrome whom he has come to genuinely care for]], repays the debt in his own way (by putting back in place Taran's shoulder the lich dislocated) and leaves with Avalina.

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** When the Horned King intends to kill Taran and have his revenge for his downfall, Avalina [[GoThroughMe comes between them]] and begs the lich to stop. After internal struggling, the Horned King acknowledges that he owes the pig-keeper for saving Avalina Avalina, [[LimaSyndrome for whom he has come to genuinely care for]], care]]; he repays the debt in his own way (by putting back in place fixing Taran's shoulder shoulder, which the lich dislocated) and leaves with Avalina.



* Maid Marian in the Disney animated version of ''Disney/RobinHood'' pleads with Prince John for Robin's life when he is captured after the archery contest.

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* Maid Marian Marian, in the Disney animated version of ''Disney/RobinHood'' ''Disney/RobinHood,'' pleads with Prince John for Robin's life when he is captured after the archery contest.



* ''Film/TheOtherBoleynGirl'': Mary pleads with King Henry VIII to spare her sister Anne because as her sister Anne is one half of Mary. He doesn't want to hurt her but [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready you know how it ends]].

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* ''Film/TheOtherBoleynGirl'': Mary pleads with King Henry VIII to spare her sister Anne because as because,as her sister sister, Anne is one half of Mary. He doesn't want to hurt her her, but [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready you know how it ends]].



* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': the sister of Turgon, King of Gondolin, is wounded by her husband Eöl; she manages to convince Turgon to spare him. Since she dies in the night (the weapon was poisoned), Turgon is not so merciful in the end...

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* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': after the sister of Turgon, King of Gondolin, is wounded by her husband Eöl; she manages to convince Turgon to spare him. Since she dies in the night (the weapon was poisoned), Turgon is not so merciful in the end...



* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' King Uther is tricked into beliving that his son Arthur has been placed under an enchantment by Guinevere, and orders her burnt at the stake as a witch. Arthur begs for her life, but the more hysterical he gets, the more Uther is convinced that he's truly under a spell.
** Twice, Arthur begs Uther to spare a man, once with Gwaine and once with Lancelot. The result is exile for both.

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* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' King Uther is tricked into beliving believing that his son Arthur has been placed under an enchantment by Guinevere, and orders her burnt at the stake as a witch. Arthur begs for her life, but the more hysterical he gets, the more Uther is convinced that he's truly under a spell.
** Twice, Arthur begs Uther to spare a man, once with Gwaine Gawaine and once with Lancelot. The result is exile for both.



* In the episode of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' "Shindig" Mal sword fights a man and is about to lose but Inara tells that man that she will accept his offer to stay with him if he spares Mal's life.

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* In the episode of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' "Shindig" "Shindig," Mal sword fights a man and is about to lose lose, but Inara tells that man that she will accept his offer to stay with him if he spares Mal's life.



* 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 ''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.



** Jaime Lannister asks his father and DragonInChief Lord Tywin Lannister to spare [[TheUnfavorite Tyrion]]'s life when he looks certain of being convicted by the KangarooCourt in which Tywin is acting as chief judge. Tywin claims his hands are tied until Jaime (the sole male heir if Tyrion dies) agrees to leave the Kingsguard (who are sworn not to take a wife or hold titles) and carry on the Lannister dynasty. Tywin agrees so quickly [[ManipulativeBastard it implies he was aiming for this result all along]].

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** Jaime Lannister asks his father and DragonInChief Lord Tywin Lannister to spare [[TheUnfavorite Tyrion]]'s life when he looks certain of being convicted by the KangarooCourt in which Tywin is acting as chief judge. Tywin claims his hands are tied until Jaime (the sole male heir if Tyrion dies) agrees to leave the Kingsguard (who are sworn not to take a wife or hold titles) and carry on the Lannister dynasty. Tywin agrees so quickly quickly, [[ManipulativeBastard it implies he was aiming for this result all along]].



** Although this same God agreed to spare Sodom and Gomorrah if 50 righteous people were found living in it. Abraham (who was pleading for the life of the city) was able to negotiate God down to 10 righteous people. Unfortunately, the only halfway decent person living in the city was Lot and his family (and even [[ValuesDissonance he offered his virgin daughters as rape-toys to his violent neighbors]] in order to save the lives of a couple of houseguests.) Needless to say, Sodom and Gomorrah didn't stand a chance.

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** Although this same God agreed to spare Sodom and Gomorrah if 50 righteous people were found living in it. Abraham (who was pleading for the life of the city) was able to negotiate God down to 10 righteous people. Unfortunately, the only halfway decent person people living in the city was were Lot and his family (and even [[ValuesDissonance he Lot offered his virgin daughters as rape-toys to his violent neighbors]] in order to save the lives of a couple of houseguests.) houseguests). Needless to say, Sodom and Gomorrah didn't stand a chance.



** In ''Theatre/MeasureForMeasure,'' aspiring nun Isabella goes to Angelo - the temporary ruler of Vienna - to beg for her brother Claudio to be spared a death sentence for violating an old blue law decreeing death for any man who impregnates a woman out of wedlock. Angelo's offer to spare Claudio in exchange for Isbella's virginity fuels the main plot of the play.

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** In ''Theatre/MeasureForMeasure,'' aspiring nun Isabella goes to Angelo - the temporary ruler of Vienna - to beg for her brother Claudio to be spared a death sentence for violating an old blue law decreeing death for any man who impregnates a woman out of wedlock. Angelo's offer to spare Claudio in exchange for Isbella's Isabella's virginity fuels the main plot of the play.



** In ''Henry V'' it is {{Inverted}}: the conspirators against Henry argue ''against'' mercy for an enemy of the king, so that when he reveals their guilt Henry takes immense delight in telling them that [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor they have convinced him that mercy is a bad idea.]]
** Also in ''HenryV'', Pistol pleads for the life of Bardolph, who has been sentenced to death for looting a church. Both Fluellen and Henry refuse to pardon him.
* Leonora in Verdi's ''Il Trovatore'', for her beloved Manrico's life. Count di Luna is all "GTFO, I'll never spare my rival" till she offers she'll be his. [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide She never said *alive*]], though.]]

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** In ''Henry V'' it is {{Inverted}}: it's {{inverted}}: the conspirators against Henry argue ''against'' mercy for an enemy of the king, so that when he reveals their guilt guilt, Henry takes immense delight in telling them that [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor they have convinced him that mercy is a bad idea.]]
** Also in ''HenryV'', ''Henry V'', Pistol pleads for the life of Bardolph, who has been sentenced to death for looting a church. Both Fluellen and Henry refuse to pardon him.
* Leonora in Verdi's ''Il Trovatore'', for her beloved Manrico's life. Count di Luna is all "GTFO, I'll never refuses to spare my rival" till his rival until she offers she'll agrees to be his. [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide ([[DrivenToSuicide She never said *alive*]], says she'll be alive for it]], though.]])]]



* This is a possible outcome at the Winter Palace ball in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', depending on what evidence has been found and presented, and also depending on whether [[spoiler:Grand Duchess Florianne succeeds in killing Empress Celene. The Empress may sentence Grand Duke Gaspard to be executed for treason. The Inquisitor may be given the option to intervene and plead for mercy, resulting in him being exiled instead.]]



* Katherine of Aragon, UsefulNotes/HenryVIII's first wife, successfully pleaded for the lives of the perpetrators of the Evil May Day massacre, when she saw how devastated their families were by the death sentence. In spite of the fact that the victims were mostly Spanish aliens, and she was a Spanish princess.
** A couple decades later, the same king received a similar plea from a later queen, Jane Seymour, for the rebels in the Pilgrimage of Grace. Unfortunately, Henry had changed considerably since the "Evil May Day" incident, and this time, the plea was not as well received...

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* Katherine of Aragon, UsefulNotes/HenryVIII's first wife, successfully pleaded for the lives of the perpetrators of the Evil May Day massacre, when she saw how devastated their families were by the death sentence. In spite of the fact that the victims were mostly Spanish aliens, and she was a Spanish princess.
princess, she succeeded.
** A couple decades later, the same king received a similar plea from a later his third queen, Jane Seymour, for the rebels in the Pilgrimage of Grace. Unfortunately, Henry had changed considerably since the "Evil May Day" incident, and this time, the plea was not as well received...
12th Dec '16 3:55:56 AM Greystone101
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* 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]].
5th Nov '16 2:07:02 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Variant. When Kaladin is thrown in prison for [[spoiler:accusing a highlord of murdering his own men]], King Elhokar wants him killed, or at the very least exiled. These are the standard penalties for such things, but Dalinar, the king's uncle (and also Kaladin's commanding officer) tells Elhokar that if he insists on doing so, Elhokar will make an enemy of Dalinar. Dalinar has spent the last six years fighting to keep the kingdom together and give Elhokar the power to be a worthy king--but he's willing to throw that all away for Kaladin. Elhokar ends up imprisoning Kaladin for a month. It later turns out that [[spoiler:Elhokar knew what he was doing was wrong all along. He was just jealous of Kaladin's heroism, so he derailed his own plan in order to punish Kaladin for being better than him. Elhokar apologizes and even begs Kaladin for "the secret of leadership," though unfortunately Kaladin is too depressed at the time to help]].
30th Oct '16 3:58:25 PM nombretomado
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* In ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', Iolaus tries the second form with Hercules's EvilCounterpart. It seems to work, because that made the evil Hercules laugh, but he executes the prisoner anyway.

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* In ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', Iolaus tries the second form with Hercules's EvilCounterpart. It seems to work, because that made the evil Hercules laugh, but he executes the prisoner anyway.
21st Aug '16 4:44:19 PM thatmadork
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** Her mother, Catelyn, did this many years before on behalf of Petyr Baelish, after he fought a duel and got curb-stomped by her betrothed, Brandon Stark, for her hand in marriage. [[spoiler:Years later, this bit the entire kingdom in the ass]].

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** Her mother, Catelyn, did this many years before on behalf of Petyr Baelish, after he fought a duel and got curb-stomped by her betrothed, Brandon Stark, for her hand in marriage. [[spoiler:Years later, this bit the entire kingdom in the ass]].ass as Petyr saw Catelyn's pleading for his life as demeaning and humiliating, and he sought revenge against the Starks and to become the most powerful lord in Westeros through trickery and manipulation to prove he's not a "boy" as Cate called him]].
17th Aug '16 11:41:05 PM PaulA
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* In [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Barrayar,]] Count Vorhalas begs Aral Vorkosigan, then Regent, to pardon his son for the capital crime of dueling. Vorkosigan doesn't, and the dead boy's brother later tries to assassinate him for it, leading to Aral's son Miles being crippled in the womb.
** Twenty years later, the tables are turned when Aral Vorkosigan is forced to beg Vorhalas not to press treason charges against Miles that would lead to his execution (and Miles is technically guilty). Count Vorhalas tells Aral to get on his knees like he did when he pleaded for his son's life, and then looks like he will go on to stick the knife in, but Miles [[CallingTheOldManOut calls him out for it,]] warning that if he goes through with this he'll have to answer to ''Cordelia'' Vorkosigan for his revenge. The Count agrees not to lay the charges, but still votes an abstention in Miles's subsequent inquiry.

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* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
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In [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Barrayar,]] ''Literature/{{Barrayar}}'', Count Vorhalas begs Aral Vorkosigan, then Regent, to pardon his son for the capital crime of dueling. Vorkosigan doesn't, and the dead boy's brother later tries to assassinate him for it, leading to Aral's son Miles being crippled in the womb.
** Twenty In ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'', twenty years later, the tables are turned when Aral Vorkosigan is forced to beg Vorhalas not to press treason charges against Miles that would lead to his execution (and Miles is technically guilty). Count Vorhalas tells Aral to get on his knees like he did when he pleaded for his son's life, and then looks like he will go on to stick the knife in, but Miles [[CallingTheOldManOut calls him out for it,]] it]], warning that if he goes through with this he'll have to answer to ''Cordelia'' Vorkosigan for his revenge. The Count agrees not to lay the charges, but still votes an abstention in Miles's subsequent inquiry.
9th Aug '16 9:17:49 PM JackG
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* Lampshaded in ''The Furies'' (1950) where proud Juan Herrera chooses death by hanging rather than see his friend Vance, daughter of cattle baron T.C., humiliate herself.
-->'''Vance:''' Do you want me to beg? Do you want me on my knees to you for his life?
-->'''T.C.:''' I'd hang him anyway.
-->'''Vance:''' That's what he said.
-->'''T.C.:''' He did, eh? He always was smart.
-->'''Vance:''' And you're not! You're old and foolish and you're made a mistake -- [[WomanScorned it's me you should have hung!]] Because now I hate you in a way I didn't know a human could hate! Take a good long look at me, T.C. You won't see me again [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge until the day I take your world away from you!]]
3rd Aug '16 7:40:08 PM darksoul4242
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' have feudal relationships as one of background themes, so this situation appeared too. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030115 Agatha begs the Baron to spare Dr. Beetle]].[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090429 Zola begs Agatha to spare Gil]] (her only really nice moment). [[SubvertedTrope Not that either attempt was really necessary]]; the Baron considered Beetle too useful to execute even if he ''had'' committed treason (and was rather annoyed when Gil ended up semi-accidentally killing Beetle in self-defence) and Gil is Agatha's LOveInterest.

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' have feudal relationships as one of background themes, so this situation appeared too. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030115 Agatha begs the Baron to spare Dr. Beetle]].[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090429 Zola begs Agatha to spare Gil]] (her only really nice moment). [[SubvertedTrope Not that either attempt was really necessary]]; the Baron considered Beetle too useful to execute even if he ''had'' committed treason (and was rather annoyed when Gil ended up semi-accidentally killing Beetle in self-defence) and Gil is Agatha's LOveInterest.LoveInterest.
3rd Aug '16 7:34:33 PM darksoul4242
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* In the AGD VideoGame/KingsQuestII, this is the correct answer to [[spoiler:one of the Cloud Spirit's tests.]]

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* In the AGD [[FanRemake AGD]] VideoGame/KingsQuestII, this is the correct answer to [[spoiler:one of the Cloud Spirit's tests.]]
3rd Aug '16 7:25:44 PM darksoul4242
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** ''WebAnimation/RoseOfVersaillesAbridged'' spoofs this. Marie tries it as a JediMindTrick; the King is only partly affected, but he sighs and let's Andre go anyway.

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** ''WebAnimation/RoseOfVersaillesAbridged'' spoofs this. Marie tries it as a JediMindTrick; the King is only partly affected, but he sighs and let's lets Andre go anyway.
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