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22nd Aug '16 12:42:33 AM jormis29
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* In ''Mother 3'', Porky seals himself in the Absolutely Safe Capsule with no escape, yet he is now ageless and cannot die and must remain for eternity. FateWorseThanDeath indeed. Also a "[[TearJerker tragic]]" example with the Masked Man, whom the protagonist cannot even attack against, uses attacks that the Franklin Badge reflects to [[ICanNotSelfTerminate break]] [[DyingAsYourself Free]].
* In ''Uncharted 3'', Rameses, though wounded by Nate, shoots the window of an underwater portion of the ship, causing it to flood and drown him. Although Nate is able to escape.

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* In ''Mother 3'', ''Videogame/Mother3'', Porky seals himself in the Absolutely Safe Capsule with no escape, yet he is now ageless and cannot die and must remain for eternity. FateWorseThanDeath indeed. Also a "[[TearJerker tragic]]" example with the Masked Man, whom the protagonist cannot even attack against, uses attacks that the Franklin Badge reflects to [[ICanNotSelfTerminate break]] [[DyingAsYourself Free]].
* In ''Uncharted 3'', ''Videogame/Uncharted3DrakesDeception'', Rameses, though wounded by Nate, shoots the window of an underwater portion of the ship, causing it to flood and drown him. Although Nate is able to escape.
21st Aug '16 10:20:53 AM Michael
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* At the climax of ''[[Literature/NightWatch Twilight Watch]]'' powerful magic users across the world are channelling energy into Anton as he faces the BigBad. The BigBad is shocked as Anton takes all this magic and turns it into a simple shield, protecting himself from all physical and magical influences. Anton inwardly notes that he can't let the BigBad read his mind and understand the flaw that he as seen in the plan. The BigBad then proceeds to teleport himself close enough to the International Space Station to be able to visually target a location to teleport directly on board, but as Anton realised, magic doesn't work in space.


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* The third parasite in ''VideoGame/TheCatLady'' forces the cat lady to play the piano before he kills her. Playing the piano is how she tells the neigborhood cats that she's ready to feed them, and they don't take kindly to him threatening her.
18th Aug '16 5:21:44 PM billybobfred
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* The final battle of ''Anime/KillLaKill'' has Ryuko foiling [[spoiler:Ragyo Kiryuin]]'s EvilPlan and wanting [[spoiler:her to come back to Earth safe, since she's her mother]]. In response [[spoiler:Ragyo [[BeatStillMyHeart rips her own heart out of her chest]] and crushes it, spreading away the remaining Life Fibers]] in a possible SequelHook. For an anime called KILL la KILL, the heroes sure don't do a lot of killing...

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* The final battle of ''Anime/KillLaKill'' has Ryuko foiling [[spoiler:Ragyo Kiryuin]]'s Ragyo Kiryuin's EvilPlan and wanting [[spoiler:her her to come back to Earth safe, since she's her mother]]. mother. In response [[spoiler:Ragyo Ragyo [[BeatStillMyHeart rips her own heart out of her chest]] and crushes it, spreading away the remaining Life Fibers]] Fibers in a possible SequelHook. For an anime called KILL la KILL, the heroes sure don't do a lot of killing...



* Just as in the book, in ''Film/WhereEaglesDare'' turncoat British officer [[spoiler:Colonel Turner]] opts to jump out of the plane at the end rather than face justice.

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* Just as in the book, in ''Film/WhereEaglesDare'' turncoat British officer [[spoiler:Colonel Turner]] Colonel Turner opts to jump out of the plane at the end rather than face justice.



* ''Literature/WhereEaglesDare'': the traitorous British officer [[spoiler:Colonel Wyatt-Turner]] opts to leap out of an airplaine mid-flight rather than face the hangman, and, as in ''The Satan Bug'', he heroes don't try to stop him.
* In ''Literature/TheDragonHeir'' by Cinda Williams Chima, the villain self-disposes by [[spoiler: magically attacking someone who is not only immune to magic, but sucks magic out of wizards. This effect doesn't kill on itself, but does cause exhaustion, so the villain falls down, and there's a handy cliff nearby ...]]

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* ''Literature/WhereEaglesDare'': the traitorous British officer [[spoiler:Colonel Wyatt-Turner]] Colonel Wyatt-Turner opts to leap out of an airplaine mid-flight rather than face the hangman, and, as in ''The Satan Bug'', he heroes don't try to stop him.
* In ''Literature/TheDragonHeir'' by Cinda Williams Chima, the villain self-disposes by [[spoiler: magically attacking someone who is not only immune to magic, but sucks magic out of wizards. This effect doesn't kill on itself, but does cause exhaustion, so the villain falls down, and there's a handy cliff nearby ...]]



* ''Series/{{Justified}}'' likes to play with this trope. In the opening scene of the series, US Marshal Raylan Givens confronts Tommy Bucks, a PsychoForHire who tortured and brutally murdered a man in front of Raylan. Raylan has no jurisdiction over the crime and no evidence to arrest Bucks for another crime so he instead told him to leave Miami in 24 hours "or else". Right before the time is up, Bucks pulls out his gun and is subsequently shot down by Raylan. Afterwards, Raylan wonders if he would have been capable of murdering Bucks if Bucks did not draw his weapon and made the shooting 'justified'. Throughout the series Raylan is faced with moral choices that resolve themselves because the bad guys kill themselves, each other or force him to act in clear self-defense. This culminates in the finale of season 4 where a mobster threatens Rayaln's family but is GenreSavvy enough not to 'self dispose' so Raylan [[spoiler: gets a second mobster to kill the first mobster for him]].

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* ''Series/{{Justified}}'' likes to play with this trope. In the opening scene of the series, US Marshal Raylan Givens confronts Tommy Bucks, a PsychoForHire who tortured and brutally murdered a man in front of Raylan. Raylan has no jurisdiction over the crime and no evidence to arrest Bucks for another crime so he instead told him to leave Miami in 24 hours "or else". Right before the time is up, Bucks pulls out his gun and is subsequently shot down by Raylan. Afterwards, Raylan wonders if he would have been capable of murdering Bucks if Bucks did not draw his weapon and made the shooting 'justified'. Throughout the series Raylan is faced with moral choices that resolve themselves because the bad guys kill themselves, each other or force him to act in clear self-defense. This culminates in the finale of season 4 where a mobster threatens Rayaln's family but is GenreSavvy enough not to 'self dispose' so Raylan [[spoiler: gets a second mobster to kill the first mobster for him]].him.



** In ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', [[spoiler: Lysandre fires the Ultimate Weapon. Afterward, it's made ambiguous whether he's dead, or ''immortal and BuriedAlive forever''.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', [[spoiler: Lysandre fires the Ultimate Weapon. Afterward, it's made ambiguous whether he's dead, or ''immortal and BuriedAlive forever''.]]



* In ''{{VideoGame/Xenoblade}}'', the plot begins as a revenge quest to kill robot "Metal Face," who has killed countless humans. But when the heroes discover that [[spoiler: Metal Face is actually a human named Mumkhar piloting the robotic suit, they decide to let him go, despite having a chance to kill him, since the heroes decide that killing a human is always wrong. Mumkhar takes this opportunity to fire a blast at the heroes. But the blast misses and hits a spire that falls down and impales him and pins him to a falling platform, killing him.]]
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' this is effectively the fate of [[spoiler: The Joker]], who decides to stab Batman rather than allow him to administer the cure for the villain's illness. [[spoiler: As the Joker lies dying from his own stupidity, Batman points out the absurdity of this, causing the Joker to admit that it's actually sorta funny.]]

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* In ''{{VideoGame/Xenoblade}}'', the plot begins as a revenge quest to kill robot "Metal Face," who has killed countless humans. But when the heroes discover that [[spoiler: Metal Face is actually a human named Mumkhar piloting the robotic suit, they decide to let him go, despite having a chance to kill him, since the heroes decide that killing a human is always wrong. Mumkhar takes this opportunity to fire a blast at the heroes. But the blast misses and hits a spire that falls down and impales him and pins him to a falling platform, killing him.]]
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* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' this is effectively the fate of [[spoiler: The Joker]], Joker's fate, who decides to stab Batman rather than allow him to administer the cure for the villain's his illness. [[spoiler: As the Joker lies dying from his own stupidity, Batman points out the absurdity of this, causing the Joker to admit that it's actually sorta funny.]]



* In ''Videogame/MassEffect1'', if your Paragon or Renegade skill is high enough, you can convince Saren Arterius to kill himself because [[spoiler: Sovereign is taking over his mind]] and it's not too late to help the hero. [[spoiler: Though you have to fight his corpse once Sovereign assumes direct control]]. The same can also occur to The Illusive Man in the third game if you manage to make him have a HeelRealization.

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* In ''Videogame/MassEffect1'', if your Paragon or Renegade skill is high enough, you can convince Saren Arterius to kill himself because [[spoiler: Sovereign is taking over his mind]] mind and it's not too late to help the hero. [[spoiler: Though you have to fight his corpse once Sovereign assumes direct control]].control. The same can also occur to The Illusive Man in the third game if you manage to make him have a HeelRealization.



* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Damien's VillainousBreakdown upon realizing [[spoiler: Grace can match his power and]] he might ''not'' be a living god drives him to use his fire powers to immolate himself [[spoiler: and Grace]]. If he is a god, he'll survive it; if he isn't, [[DrivenToSuicide he doesn't want to]].
* {{Subverted}} in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick,'' where [[SmugSnake Kubota]] cleverly surrenders right before [[TookALevelInBadass Elan]] is going to kill him as revenge for [[spoiler:Therkla's murder]]. Kubota realizes that he can probably raise sufficient reasonable doubt to get acquitted in a trial, and that Elan is too heroic to kill him in cold blood. DoubleSubverted, however, because Vaarsuvius ''isn't'' that heroic.

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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Damien's VillainousBreakdown upon realizing [[spoiler: Grace can match his power and]] and he might ''not'' be a living god drives him to use his fire powers to immolate himself [[spoiler: and Grace]].Grace. If he is a god, he'll survive it; if he isn't, [[DrivenToSuicide he doesn't want to]].
* {{Subverted}} in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick,'' where [[SmugSnake Kubota]] cleverly surrenders right before [[TookALevelInBadass Elan]] is going to kill him as revenge for [[spoiler:Therkla's murder]].Therkla's murder. Kubota realizes that he can probably raise sufficient reasonable doubt to get acquitted in a trial, and that Elan is too heroic to kill him in cold blood. DoubleSubverted, however, because Vaarsuvius ''isn't'' that heroic.



** [[spoiler: Darkseid and Lex Luthor]] both end up killing themselves when they interact with the Anti-Life Equation in an attempt to unlock great knowledge of the unknown universe.

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** [[spoiler: Darkseid and Lex Luthor]] Luthor both end up killing themselves when they interact with the Anti-Life Equation in an attempt to unlock great knowledge of the unknown universe.



* Lampshaded and averted in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' in the episode where the Liquidator debuts, "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E34DryHard Dry Hard]]". When CorruptCorporateExecutive Budd Flood falls into a pool of chemicals, Darkwing tries to reach him with a pole, only for the pole to melt. Darkwing is a little upset about it, but tries to hide it by telling Launchpad that "it saves a lot of time when the villain does himself in like that!" [[spoiler: (Budd is ''not'' dead, however; the accident turns him into the Liquidator, making him far more of a threat than before.)]]

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* Lampshaded and averted in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' in the episode where the Liquidator debuts, "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E34DryHard Dry Hard]]". When CorruptCorporateExecutive Budd Flood falls into a pool of chemicals, Darkwing tries to reach him with a pole, only for the pole to melt. Darkwing is a little upset about it, but tries to hide it by telling Launchpad that "it saves a lot of time when the villain does himself in like that!" [[spoiler: (Budd is ''not'' dead, however; the accident turns him into the Liquidator, making him far more of a threat than before.)]])
28th Jul '16 6:49:46 PM MrNickelodeon
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* One of the evil minions in ''Theatre/TheEighthVoyageOfSindbad'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]] decides to just jump to his death when faced against both Sindbad and Amoura.
28th Jul '16 1:39:36 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* The ''{{Series/Lensman}}'' series has a subversion in that it's deliberately engineered by one of the heroes. Nadreck's solution to the problem of a Boskonian base is to get all the Boskonians to kill themselves and/or each other over the course of a few minutes. He ''is'' ashamed about it, but it's because he had to personally intervene to kill three of them himself when the shooting was all over; he considers this to be sloppy work.

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* The ''{{Series/Lensman}}'' ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series has a subversion in that it's deliberately engineered by one of the heroes. Nadreck's solution to the problem of a Boskonian base is to get all the Boskonians to kill themselves and/or each other over the course of a few minutes. He ''is'' ashamed about it, but it's because he had to personally intervene to kill three of them himself when the shooting was all over; he considers this to be sloppy work.
26th Jun '16 7:44:44 PM nombretomado
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* In earlier ''TheDresdenFiles'' books, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman human]] villains have a tendency to [[EvilVersusEvil kill each other]], be [[HoistByHisOwnPetard hoist by their own petard]] or killed by side characters... so Harry doesn't have blood on his hands and [[PowersThatBe The White Council]] doesn't get angry at him.

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* In earlier ''TheDresdenFiles'' ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' books, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman human]] villains have a tendency to [[EvilVersusEvil kill each other]], be [[HoistByHisOwnPetard hoist by their own petard]] or killed by side characters... so Harry doesn't have blood on his hands and [[PowersThatBe The White Council]] doesn't get angry at him.



* In ''TheBookOfTheDunCow'', Cockatrice is impaled by Chauntecleer's battle spurs and mortally wounded. He lunges one last time for the rooster and finishes himself off in the process.

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* In ''TheBookOfTheDunCow'', ''Literature/TheBookOfTheDunCow'', Cockatrice is impaled by Chauntecleer's battle spurs and mortally wounded. He lunges one last time for the rooster and finishes himself off in the process.
16th Jun '16 8:24:17 PM nombretomado
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* The MarvelUniverse gives us {{Thanos}}, who routinely comes dangerously close to complete universal domination, only to screw up in some fashion at the last moment and engineer his own defeat. This behavior is noted by both Vision and Adam Warlock in ''The Infinity Gauntlet,'' wherein after taking on almost everyone in the Marvel Universe, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu including Eternity himself]], he decides to become a disembodied presence and leave his body sitting on his throne, allowing his alleged granddaughter to simply grab the titular CosmicKeystone from his inert form with no resistance at all. Adam Warlock then talked Thanos into making a temporary HeelFaceTurn with a HannibalLecture wherein he accused Thanos of deliberately--albeit subconsciously--sabotaging himself and giving up the power he knows he has no right to wield.

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* The MarvelUniverse Franchise/MarvelUniverse gives us {{Thanos}}, ComicBook/{{Thanos}}, who routinely comes dangerously close to complete universal domination, only to screw up in some fashion at the last moment and engineer his own defeat. This behavior is noted by both Vision and Adam Warlock in ''The Infinity Gauntlet,'' wherein after taking on almost everyone in the Marvel Universe, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu including Eternity himself]], he decides to become a disembodied presence and leave his body sitting on his throne, allowing his alleged granddaughter to simply grab the titular CosmicKeystone from his inert form with no resistance at all. Adam Warlock then talked Thanos into making a temporary HeelFaceTurn with a HannibalLecture wherein he accused Thanos of deliberately--albeit subconsciously--sabotaging himself and giving up the power he knows he has no right to wield.
16th May '16 12:41:52 PM nombretomado
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* In the MarvelCinematicUniverse, fate conspires so that the heroes rarely kill their own big bads.

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* In the MarvelCinematicUniverse, Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, fate conspires so that the heroes rarely kill their own big bads.
11th May '16 11:55:27 AM Winner1
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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': Trajectory, who has gained advanced speed powers thanks to a super drug called Velocity, ends up accidentally killing herself by overdosing on the drugs and running so fast that she disintegrates.


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* In ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' Lord Raptor ends up accidentally killing himself in his character ending by absorbing too much of [[DarkMessiah Jedah's]] dark power, resulting in him blowing up.
* In ''Videogame/DantesInferno'', the Queen of Hell [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Beatrice]], who was preparing to fight her former lover, ends up fainting after remembering her past identity thanks to Dante proving himself to her.


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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** [[spoiler: Darkseid and Lex Luthor]] both end up killing themselves when they interact with the Anti-Life Equation in an attempt to unlock great knowledge of the unknown universe.
** In the episode ''Fury'', Aresia ultimately dies in her own doomsday device in a desperate attempt to continue her goal of [[{{Gendercide}} wiping out all men of the world]] in order to achieve what she thinks is peace.
27th Apr '16 4:33:47 PM MJC
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** Nappa is killed by Vegeta [[YouHaveFailedME for losing a battle to Goku]]

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** Nappa is killed by Vegeta [[YouHaveFailedME [[YouHaveFailedMe for losing a battle to Goku]]
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