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9th Dec '17 7:08:43 AM ACW
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** He begged off from doing a VillainTeamup with [[Characters/SpidermanRoguesGallery Carnage]] because Carnage just wanted to maim and kill, while Joker preferred ''panache'' in his murders.

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** He [[ComicBook/SpiderManAndBatmanDisorderedMinds One time]], he begged off from doing a VillainTeamup with [[Characters/SpidermanRoguesGallery Carnage]] because Carnage just wanted to maim and kill, while Joker preferred ''panache'' in his murders.
8th Dec '17 4:25:58 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/HarmonyBlack'': Buck Wheeler may be an amoral scumbag who bought monsters and demon-blooded to sell to customers for a variety of magical and sexual reasons, but he's not stupid enough to buy two federal agents and use them as sex slaves.
-->'''Buck:''' Now, what sounds like a better business plan to you? Option A: I hold two feds hostage, have to keep 'em tied up and under constant guard the rest of their lives, and my customers get lousy service. Or, option B: I go to a couple of professional whores and say, "Hey, ladies. Wanna be my whores? ''I will pay you''," in which case I get a couple of happy employees and a whole lot of happy customers.
27th Nov '17 12:56:29 PM Godzillawolf
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** Xenilla decides to act civil to the ponies instead of attacking them because it's too risky to incur the wrath of Princess Celestia, who is more powerful than him in his current state, and other Equestrians might have potent gifts like Fluttershy, who can subdue any creature with [[DeathGlare The Stare]]. He encourages Destroyah to do the same. He also mentions that he doesn't engage in "brutish behavior" like random destruction because it's pointless and will not help him achieve his goals. This later comes to the forefront when he decides his research in the Crystal Empire be more stable with Princess Cadance in charge, as oppose to the returning King Sombra; causing him to [[EvilVsEvil go after the latter]].

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** Xenilla decides to act civil to the ponies instead of attacking them because it's too risky to incur the wrath of Princess Celestia, who is more powerful than him in his current state, and other Equestrians might have potent gifts like Fluttershy, who can subdue any creature with [[DeathGlare The Stare]]. He encourages Destroyah to do the same. He also mentions that he doesn't engage in "brutish behavior" like random destruction because it's pointless and will not help him achieve his goals. This later comes to the forefront when he decides his research in the Crystal Empire be more stable with Princess Cadance in charge, as oppose to the returning King Sombra; causing him to [[EvilVsEvil go after the latter]]. [[spoiler:Played with, as ultimately Xenilla [[GoodAllAlong had far more noble intentions he first let on]] and his actions were more moral than he let on.]]
27th Nov '17 2:43:54 AM Shadowgazer
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** The fact that the Penguin is perfectly sane may have contributed to his mutation into a gray market white-collar criminal who Batman is grudgingly willing to tolerate as a source of information on the criminal underworld.
19th Nov '17 12:04:45 PM Eddy1215
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** Later Cinder has troub le understanding why her boss, Salem, insists on [[spoiler: letting Ruby live and working with Brahnwen tribe bandits instead of just taking what they want from them by force]]. Salem explains that being to quick to kill their enemies wastes valuable {{Unwitting Pawn}}s.

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** Later Cinder has troub le trouble understanding why her boss, Salem, insists on [[spoiler: letting Ruby live and working with Brahnwen tribe bandits instead of just taking what they want from them by force]]. Salem explains that being to too quick to kill their enemies wastes valuable {{Unwitting Pawn}}s.
19th Nov '17 9:08:13 AM NNinja
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Cinder berates her minions Emerald and Mercury for murdering a White Fang terrorist defector without orders. This isn't because she opposed the killing itself, as she'd already ordered Roman Torchwick, a local known criminal, to kill the defector in the first place. Rather, she's pissed because her plan requires herself, Emerald, and Mercury to remain unnoticed while they infiltrate Beacon Academy and the killing would draw unnecessary attention to them.

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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
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Cinder berates her minions Emerald and Mercury for murdering a White Fang terrorist defector without orders. This isn't because she opposed the killing itself, as she'd already ordered Roman Torchwick, a local known criminal, to kill the defector in the first place. Rather, she's pissed because her plan requires herself, Emerald, and Mercury to remain unnoticed while they infiltrate Beacon Academy and the killing would draw unnecessary attention to them.them.
** Later Cinder has troub le understanding why her boss, Salem, insists on [[spoiler: letting Ruby live and working with Brahnwen tribe bandits instead of just taking what they want from them by force]]. Salem explains that being to quick to kill their enemies wastes valuable {{Unwitting Pawn}}s.
18th Nov '17 8:02:00 PM PhantomRider
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** The Ferengi are a PlanetOfHats based on greed. They've never had slavery as an institution or practiced genocide--because people who are enslaved and/or dead can't buy things; though some of them don't mind selling people as slaves to cultures that ''do'' have slavery, or selling weapons of mass destruction to genocidal warlords. Their first onscreen appearance in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' even uses this to invoke the "what profit vengeance" [[AnAesop Aesop]], with one [=DaiMon's=] crew deposing him for wasting their resources in an obsessive attempt to get revenge on Picard, because this cut severely into their profit margins.

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** The Ferengi are a PlanetOfHats based on greed. They've never had slavery as an institution or practiced genocide--because people who are enslaved and/or dead can't buy things; though some of them don't mind selling people as slaves to cultures that ''do'' have slavery, or selling weapons of mass destruction to genocidal warlords. Their first second onscreen appearance in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' even uses this to invoke the "what profit vengeance" [[AnAesop Aesop]], with one [=DaiMon's=] crew deposing him for wasting their resources in an obsessive attempt to get revenge on Picard, because this cut severely into their profit margins.
15th Nov '17 10:37:53 PM tiiger
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* In ''Series/{{Shooter}}'', this is Atlas as described by its leader. "We may not have a moral code in the traditional sense, but there are rules. We don't kill indiscriminately."
15th Nov '17 3:19:39 PM TRANSnational
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** Dovin Baan while working for the corrupt Consulate under Tezzeret strongly disapproves of their methods. When they confiscate every device he reflects that a change in approach - a few empty promises, some official-seeming forms, and a touch of politeness - would be easier, safer, and less likely to spark rebellion than just snatching them.

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** Dovin Baan while working for the corrupt Consulate under Tezzeret strongly disapproves of their methods. When they confiscate every device he reflects that a change in approach - a few empty promises, some official-seeming forms, and a touch of politeness - would be easier, 8easier, safer, and less likely to spark rebellion than just snatching them.


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**Horus is a very straight example. He doesn't seem to care for most of Primarchs who sided with him, calling them 'broken monsters' but he knows he's never going to beat the Emperor alone. Likewise he offers extremely generous terms to the Mechanicus because he knows he can't fight Earth and Mars at the same time. Hell, despite his demonic corruption he doesn't even seem to particularly care that much about the gods of chaos. His death almost completely destroys his forces because he's apparently the only man in all of chaos to appreciate practical compromise rather than Revenge before reason....
6th Nov '17 9:11:36 AM Peteman
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** In the ''Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tails'', blackguards will not just eat babies. They are insufficiently tasty to do so without the application of mustard.
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