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26th Jul '16 8:32:43 AM JackG
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* In ''Comicbook/TheWalkingDead'', [[spoiler:one of the children in the group, Ben, kills and cuts apart his twin sibling. This prompts an eight-year-old Carl Grimes, son of the protagonist, to shoot Ben, because he was "too dangerous".]]

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* In ''Comicbook/TheWalkingDead'', [[spoiler:one of the children in the group, Ben, kills and cuts apart his twin sibling. This prompts an eight-year-old Carl Grimes, son of the protagonist, to shoot Ben, because he was "too dangerous".dangerous" and his father WouldNotHurtAChild.]]
15th May '16 3:16:35 AM EDP
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* In ''FanFic/OrderInChaos'' a Centauri squadron encounters an Orieni explorer deep in Centauri space, with the Orieni surrendering due some abominations having boarded them. By the description the Centauri realize that the Orieni have landed on Na'kaleen and accidentally embarked a Feeder, a creature that [[FateWorseThanDeath feeds on sentients' brains]] and reproduces by infecting people that have escaped an encounter with them, so, knowing [[NightmareFuel the consequences of even a single Feeder reaching an inhabitated world]], blow up the Orieni ship, destroy most escape pods, check the few survivors for infection (and kill any infected), and get the Orieni to tell them how many were the escort ships of their explorer, ships that they will have to hunt down and destroy.
13th May '16 4:05:36 PM EDP
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* In ''FanFic/OrderInChaos'' a Centauri squadron encounters an Orieni explorer deep in Centauri space, with the Orieni surrendering due some abominations having boarded them. By the description the Centauri realize that the Orieni have landed on Na'kaleen and accidentally embarked a Feeder, a creature that [[FateWorseThanDeath feeds on sentients' brains]] and reproduces by infecting people that have escaped an encounter with them, so, knowing [[NightmareFuel the consequences of even a single Feeder reaching an inhabitated world]], blow up the Orieni ship, destroy most escape pods, check the few survivors for infection (and kill any infected), and get the Orieni to tell them how many were the escort ships of their explorer, ships that they will have to hunt down and destroy.
11th May '16 5:48:54 PM KimiFW
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This trope is named after the [[ItWasHisSled climactic scene]] of ''Film/OldYeller'', where the titular dog is literally shot to [[MercyKill put it out of its misery]].

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This trope is named after the [[ItWasHisSled climactic scene]] of ''Film/OldYeller'', ''Literature/OldYeller'', where the titular dog is literally shot to [[MercyKill put it out of its misery]].
8th May '16 4:12:46 PM Piromano80
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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' episode "Lost Treasure Of The Golden Squirrel", Skipper comments that money can't buy honour or respect - just as he looks into the Eyes of the Squirrel and sees himself buying an arsenal of high-grade military weapons to blow up hippies with as his greatest desire.



--->'''Green Lantern:''' What are you saying?

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--->'''Green Lantern:''' What are you saying?saying? Misuse of the trope. That's Kick the dog at best
27th Apr '16 8:01:22 PM JJHIL325
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* One of the key factors that makes the ''Fanfic/AftermathOfTheGames'' universe an AU is that Princess Twilight wasn't able to talk Starlight Glimmer down like she was able to do in canon. So she was forced to defeat her by [[spoiler: retgoning the original by adopting her younger self from her OrphanageOfFear and taking her to the future]]. It's made perfectly clear that this really ''was'' the only choice Twilight had. Despite this, and her friends, brother, and fellow princesses assuring her that her decision was nessecary to save Equestria, she's massively haunted by it. [[spoiler: Especially since she thinks the Original Starlight set up her time traveling scheme as a SuicideByCop gambit, not to mention how [[AscendedFridgeHorror Twilight's fully aware]] of the [[ButterflyOfDoom possible consequences of rewriting part of the timeline]]. ]]
** ''Integration'' has [[BigGood Celestia]] telling Twilight's friends that part of helping her rule will sometimes require making difficult decisions with harsh consequences. When they all show fear of doing this, [[TheSacredDarkness Luna]] tells them that that's actually good, because hating the responsibility means not only will they'll be able to handle it better than most ponies, they'll truly manage keep any decisions like that to an absolutely last resort.
19th Apr '16 4:04:07 PM ReaderAt2046
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** Taken to the most agonizingly literal extreme in the ''Shadows Over Innistrad'' block. The archangel Avacyn has been driven insane by Nahiri's cryptoliths, and is killing the very humans she was crafted to protect. And the only one strong enough to stop her is Sorin Markov. For reference, Sorin ''created'' Avacyn, and she is probably the ''only'' thing in the countless universes he still loves.
17th Apr '16 11:54:46 AM Berrenta
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* This was pretty much Urza's whole hat in the original storyline for ''MagicTheGathering.'' He had several thousand years to prevent a [[SwarmOfAlienLocusts Phyrexian Invasion]] on his home plane of Dominaria. In the end, he started wars, killed thousands, ruined other planes (particular Rath and Mercadia), betrayed the person who was the closest thing he'd ever had to a son, sacrificed the lives of half a dozen other [[PhysicalGod pre-sundering Planeswalkers]], and was himself destroyed. When the smoke cleared, Dominaria was badly damaged, but still standing, while Phyrexia was a ruined husk, it's [[DeusEstMachina Machine-God]] destroyed in the process. Pity that ItGotBetter a few years down the line.

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* This was pretty much Urza's whole hat in the original storyline for ''MagicTheGathering.'' He had several thousand years to prevent a [[SwarmOfAlienLocusts Phyrexian Invasion]] on his home plane of Dominaria. In the end, he started wars, killed thousands, ruined other planes (particular Rath and Mercadia), betrayed the person who was the closest thing he'd ever had to a son, sacrificed the lives of half a dozen other [[PhysicalGod pre-sundering Planeswalkers]], and was himself destroyed. When the smoke cleared, Dominaria was badly damaged, but still standing, while Phyrexia was a ruined husk, it's [[DeusEstMachina Machine-God]] destroyed in the process. Pity that ItGotBetter it got better a few years down the line.
17th Mar '16 10:06:35 PM WillBGood
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* In ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' ''Corps'' #66, the combined corruption of Parallax and the Black Lanterns have made it impossible to heal [[spoiler:Mogo]]. As long as [[spoiler:Mogo]] is active, he will continue to send out Parallax corrupted Green Lantern Rings across the universe, dooming countless billions to die by the hands of those who should be their champions. Faced with no alternative, [[spoiler:John Stewart channels Black Lantern energy and [[EarthShatteringKaboom ''destroys Mogo'']].]]

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* In ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' ''Corps'' #66, the combined corruption of Parallax and the Black Lanterns have made it impossible to heal [[spoiler:Mogo]]. As long as [[spoiler:Mogo]] is active, he will continue to send out Parallax corrupted Green Lantern Rings across the universe, dooming countless billions to die by the hands of those who should be their champions. Faced with no alternative, [[spoiler:John Stewart channels Black Lantern energy and [[EarthShatteringKaboom ''destroys Mogo'']].''[[EarthShatteringKaboom destroys Mogo]]''.]]
21st Jan '16 9:17:31 PM A.P.D.
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* The third volume of ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'' revolves around whether or not the Illuminati (a secret group of some the world's most influential heroes, including Iron Man, Mr. Fantastic, Black Panther and Namor) are willing to shoot the dog. Shooting the dog, in their case, means potentially destroying an entire alternate version of the planet Earth due to a phenomena known as "incursions." During an incursion, two universes clash, with their respective Earths being the collision point. If the two Earths collide, the universes are destroyed, so the only way to save both universes is to destroy one of the Earths. [[spoiler:For the most part, the Illuminati avoid commiting genocide because most of the alternate Earths end up being destroyed by people other than them, with the first case in which they had to choose the destruction of an Earth by themselves having said Earth devoid of life. When the time comes to choose to destroy an inhabited world, everyone but Namor decides it's not worth it, so he destroys the Earth himself, prompting the rest of the Illuminati to kick him out. Then, Namor assembles a group of villanous monsters to destroy the ensuing colliding Earths until the final incursion between the last two universes.]]
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