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19th May '17 3:07:31 PM HighCrate
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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 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 does not to 'self dispose' so Raylan gets a second mobster to kill the first mobster for him.
3rd Mar '17 6:55:15 AM nighttrainfm
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** Vincent Crabbe casts Fiendfyre in an attempt to kill Harry, Ron, and Hermione, unleashes far too much flaming destruction than he beckoned for, and accidentally incinerates himself (along with one of Voldemort's Horcruxes).

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** Vincent Crabbe casts Fiendfyre in an attempt to kill Harry, Ron, and Hermione, unleashes far too much more flaming destruction than he beckoned for, reckoned on, and accidentally incinerates himself (along with one of Voldemort's Horcruxes).
8th Jan '17 12:04:22 PM SpinAttaxx
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* In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver]]'', it was [[WildMassGuessing popularly believed]] that the unlockable encounter with Giovanni led him to commit suicide by jumping off a waterfall, due to the radio static in that scene sounding like a splash. This has been repeatedly refuted by WordOfGod, and [[{{Jossed}} disproven completely]] by Giovanni's appearance in ''Black 2 and White 2''.
** On the other hand, Ghetsis ends up in VillainousBreakdown-induced catatonia after being defeated in ''Black 2 and White 2'', for the non-lethal variant.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver]]'', it was [[WildMassGuessing popularly believed]] that the unlockable encounter with Giovanni led him to commit suicide by jumping off a waterfall, due to the radio static in that scene sounding like a splash. This has been repeatedly refuted by WordOfGod, and [[{{Jossed}} disproven completely]] by Giovanni's appearance in ''Black 2 and White 2''.
''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''.
** On the other hand, Ghetsis ends up in VillainousBreakdown-induced catatonia after being defeated in ''Black 2 and White 2'', ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', for the non-lethal variant.


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* ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'' shows that after seemingly avoiding justice for his crimes for years, the Purple Man returned to the abandoned Freddy Fazbear's Pizza to dismantle the animatronics, releasing the spirits of his victims and prompting him to hide in his old Spring Bonnie suit. One EvilLaugh later and [[KarmicDeath he's crushed once the suit's springlocks break loose]]. It's zigzagged, however, in that though he dies, [[HauntedTechnology he's not exactly gone for good]], and ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation'' throws some ambiguity on whether the Purple Man seen was the same one who murdered children.
21st Dec '16 9:22:05 PM AFreakyDude
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* All of the ''Film/{{Batman}}'' films since 1989 used this trope extensively, at least [[WhatMeasureIsAMook regarding named villains]]. Batman and Robin (and later Batgirl) never, ''ever'' kill. Their opponents are beaten by falling to their deaths trying to kill the heroes (Two Face, in two movies), killed by another villain (Schreck and The Penguin by Catwoman, Bane by a more heroic Catwoman) driven insane from overdosing on {{Phlebotinum}} (Riddler), and captured in {{Tailor Made Prison}}s (Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy). The only one who dies (mostly) by Batman's hand is the Two Face from Film/TheDarkKnight, but in that case Batman was only trying to tackle him to stop him killing a child and he fell as a result. Stretched a bit in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', where Batman refuses to deliver a killing blow to Ra's al Ghul but nonetheless leaves him to die as the derailed train on which they're riding crashes, the derailment having been caused by Jim Gordon under instruction from Batman.

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* All of the ''Film/{{Batman}}'' films since 1989 used this trope extensively, at least [[WhatMeasureIsAMook regarding named villains]]. Batman and Robin (and later Batgirl) never, ''ever'' kill. Their opponents are beaten by falling to their deaths deaths; either trying to escape (ComicBook/TheJoker) or trying to kill the heroes (Two Face, in two movies), killed by another villain (Schreck and The Penguin by Catwoman, Bane by a more heroic Catwoman) driven insane from overdosing on {{Phlebotinum}} (Riddler), and captured in {{Tailor Made Prison}}s (Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy). The only one who dies (mostly) by Batman's hand is the Two Face from Film/TheDarkKnight, but in that case Batman was only trying to tackle him to stop him killing a child and he fell as a result. Stretched a bit in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', where Batman refuses to deliver a killing blow to Ra's al Ghul but nonetheless leaves him to die as the derailed train on which they're riding crashes, the derailment having been caused by Jim Gordon under instruction from Batman.
16th Nov '16 9:24:28 AM Winner1
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio 2}}'', Big Boss gets eaten whole by a giant serpent.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio 2}}'', Big Boss gets eaten whole by a giant serpent.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMeetsTheBooBrothers'', the Skull Ghost ends up trapping himself when he opens the safe holding the hidden jewels, burying himself under it while Scooby, Shaggy, and Scrappy stood back at gunpoint.


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* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'': Its pretty much become a running gag when [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Master Shake]] kills himself because of his own stupidity. One time he actually killed himself in an attempt to cheat at a weight loss contest by mishandling a liposuction machine that accidentally killed him in an instant.
25th Oct '16 12:29:22 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'': There's a story written by Creator/DonRosa where the Beagle Boys are the main characters and decide to break into Scrooge [=McDuck=]'s money bin once again after stealing the building's original architectural plans. They carry out the scheme while the building is closed at night, but they all gradually end up trapping themselves in various situations with the remaining Beagle Boys deciding to come back for them once they've successfully carried out the heist. The comic ends with the Beagle Boys discovered by a mightily surprised Scrooge and Grandpa Beagle hearing the cops talk about this from his jail cel and muttering that his grandsons can't even beat an inanimate building.
24th Oct '16 9:43:09 AM Winner1
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse'', it's revealed that a circus performer named [[ChildHater Constance]] died after she tried to attack kids egging her house only to [[DisneyVillainDeath accidentally fall]]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath triggering a cement mixer]] [[BuriedAlive that buried her alive]] under the house's foundation. Thus, her soul became trapped in the house forever. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids You know, for kids.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse'', it's revealed that a circus performer named [[ChildHater Constance]] died after she tried to attack kids egging her house only to [[DisneyVillainDeath accidentally fall]]] fall]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath triggering a cement mixer]] [[BuriedAlive that buried her alive]] under the house's foundation. Thus, her soul became trapped in the house forever. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids You know, for kids.]]
24th Oct '16 9:42:37 AM Winner1
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse'', it's revealed that a circus performer named [[ChildHater Constance]] died after she tried to attack kids egging her house only to [[DisneyVillainDeath accidentally fall]]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath triggering a cement mixer]] [[BuriedAlive that buried her alive]] under the house's foundation. Thus, her soul became trapped in the house forever. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids You know, for kids.]]
19th Oct '16 10:18:44 AM Winner1
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* In ''Film/HighAnxiety'', [[DragonInChief Nurse Diesel]] accidentally [[DisneyVillainDeath falls off a high tower]] when she attempts to jump Dr. Thorndyke in a last ditch effort to kill him.


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* In ''WebOriginal/AtopTheFourthWall'', the King of Worms is killed when he accidentally scares himself to death upon looking into Linkara's mind.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Debbie dies when she accidentally triggers her shotgun at herself while trying to climb into a dumpster in order to surprise attack Buck Strickland and his wife.
24th Sep '16 7:14:27 AM Dutchtica
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** The first Green Goblin is HoistByHisOwnPetard (impaled by his glider as per the comics above, Dr. Octopus and the New Goblin die due to RedemptionEqualsDeath, and Eddie Brock kills himself by diving into the Venom symbiote just as Spidey's about to incinerate it. It's lampshaded by Aunt May in the third entry after Peter thinks he's killed Sandman [[WeaksauceWeakness with water]]: "Spiderman doesn't kill people!"

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** The first Green Goblin is HoistByHisOwnPetard (impaled by his glider as per the comics above, Dr. Octopus and the New Goblin die due to RedemptionEqualsDeath, and Eddie Brock kills himself by diving into the Venom symbiote just as Spidey's about to incinerate it. It's lampshaded by Aunt May in the third entry after Peter thinks he's killed Sandman [[WeaksauceWeakness with water]]: "Spiderman "Spider-Man doesn't kill people!"
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