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9th Feb '17 4:14:11 AM NNinja
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Compare/contrast with LightIsNotGood, OmniscientMoralityLicense, WellIntentionedExtremist, KnightTemplar, TheUnfettered, CruelToBeKind. The version where a bad guy does this for a hero is BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork.

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Compare/contrast with LightIsNotGood, OmniscientMoralityLicense, WellIntentionedExtremist, KnightTemplar, TheUnfettered, CruelToBeKind. If the act is presented as wrong it may come across as DesignatedEvil. The version where a bad guy does this for a hero is BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork.
21st Jan '17 5:20:55 AM fq
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* In ''Uncanny X-Force'', it is revealed that a resurrected Apocalypse will bring about the Age of Apocalypse. To prevent this, X-Force, an already morally ambigious team that's entire purpose is to ShootTheDog, decides to kill Apocalypse. However, it's revealed that Apocalypse is actually a child, who is still innocent. The team is split, with Angel the most adamant about killing Kid Apocalypse, saying that Kid Apocalypse won't be able to control his nature, and that doing this will save millions of lives. However, he stops himself, and the team decide to take Kid Apocalypse back for training. Then Fantomex shoots him in the head. Later on, Deadpool of all people is the one to call the team out on this, and Wolverine says it was the right thing to do, and that sparing him was just a moment of weakness. Fantomex himself secretly cloned Kid Apocalypse.

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* In ''Uncanny X-Force'', it is revealed that a resurrected Apocalypse will bring about the Age of Apocalypse. To prevent this, X-Force, an already morally ambigious ambiguous team that's entire purpose is to ShootTheDog, decides to kill Apocalypse. However, it's revealed that Apocalypse is actually a child, who is still innocent. The team is split, with Angel the most adamant about killing Kid Apocalypse, saying that Kid Apocalypse won't be able to control his nature, and that doing this will save millions of lives. However, he stops himself, and the team decide to take Kid Apocalypse back for training. Then Fantomex shoots him in the head. Later on, Deadpool of all people is the one to call the team out on this, and Wolverine says it was the right thing to do, and that sparing him was just a moment of weakness. Fantomex himself secretly cloned Kid Apocalypse.



* 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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* 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 phenomenon 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 committing 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.]]



* ''FanFic/BetterAngels'' has this as Shane Walsh's modius operandi, lightly contrasting the "[[FanNickname Ricktatorship]]" that takes place in ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' show canon.

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* ''FanFic/BetterAngels'' has this as Shane Walsh's modius modus operandi, lightly contrasting the "[[FanNickname Ricktatorship]]" that takes place in ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' show canon.



* ''FanFic/RiseOfTheGaleforces'': [[spoiler:Violet feeds [[BigBad Ludlow]] to baby T.rexes. ''In front of everyone.'' Though to be fair, Adam did imply several times before that Ludlow thoroughly deserved it.]]

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* ''FanFic/RiseOfTheGaleforces'': [[spoiler:Violet feeds [[BigBad Ludlow]] to baby T. rexes. ''In front of everyone.'' Though to be fair, Adam did imply several times before that Ludlow thoroughly deserved it.]]
8th Jan '17 3:20:42 PM nombretomado
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* In UltimateMarvel, dog-shooting is a national sport. Except for Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan; he's still JustAKid.

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* In UltimateMarvel, ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, dog-shooting is a national sport. Except for Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan; he's still JustAKid.
4th Dec '16 10:56:59 PM Pig_catapult
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* ComicBook/{{X 23}} is forced to do this ''literally'' by the Facility as part of her BreakTheCutie TrainingFromHell. When they decided she still had too much empathy for others, Laura was given a puppy with orders to kill it within a set amount of time and was then left alone to carry it out. She played with it instead, and when her handlers returned to find the puppy still alive, threatened ''to torture it'' as punishment for Laura failing to follow orders, before relenting and offering her another chance.



* Ami from ''SailorNothing'' was a haughty AlphaBitch whom most of the main characters hated, to the point that Shin [[IWishedYouWereDead said she hoped something horrible happened to her]]. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor And it does.]] [[spoiler: She's kidnapped by Argon of the Yamiko, who then turns her into a living music box by surgically strapping her into a machine made from human bones and teeth. Ami is kept in place with wires and hooks that are inserted into her face, eyelids, arms, legs, breasts, ''and her vagina''. The worst part is that Ami is still alive, and her mind hasn't been shattered so much as it has been obliterated completely, save for her mad laughter. And Argon purposefully targeted Ami because he knew the Sailors hated her, to make it a point that the so-called soldiers of peace and justice wished for an outright evil fate to befall on Ami.]]

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* Ami from ''SailorNothing'' was a haughty AlphaBitch Alpha[!frumious bandersnatch!] whom most of the main characters hated, to the point that Shin [[IWishedYouWereDead said she hoped something horrible happened to her]]. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor And it does.]] [[spoiler: She's kidnapped by Argon of the Yamiko, who then turns her into a living music box by surgically strapping her into a machine made from human bones and teeth. Ami is kept in place with wires and hooks that are inserted into her face, eyelids, arms, legs, breasts, ''and her vagina''. The worst part is that Ami is still alive, and her mind hasn't been shattered so much as it has been obliterated completely, save for her mad laughter. And Argon purposefully targeted Ami because he knew the Sailors hated her, to make it a point that the so-called soldiers of peace and justice wished for an outright evil fate to befall on Ami.]]
6th Nov '16 4:40:07 PM BigJaredMonkey
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* In ''Fanfic/OriginStory'', there is Alex Harris's reluctant murder of Henry Peter Gyrich. Gyrich was going to keep coming after Alex and Louise, and it was inevitable that Louise would eventually get killed, as she already nearly had been during Bullseye's attack. To Alex, removing Gyrich from the equation was the only possible way to keep Louise safe. So she removed him.
15th Oct '16 6:41:47 PM TheNerevarine
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* In TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 comic ''ComicBook/{{Bloodquest}}'', Cloten and Lysander are forced to gun down civilians while masquerading as renegade marines, or they would risk blowing their coven. They are utterly disgusted by what they have to do, but given they found the civilians hiding while a Chaos invasion was going on and if they just left them to actual Chaos Marines to find them and [[AFateWorseThanDeath the horrible things they would put the civilians through]], it was just better to kill them [[MercyKilll as mercifully as possible]].

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* In TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 comic ''ComicBook/{{Bloodquest}}'', Cloten and Lysander are forced to gun down civilians while masquerading as renegade marines, or they would risk blowing their coven. They are utterly disgusted by what they have to do, but given they found the civilians hiding while a Chaos invasion was going on and if they just left them to actual Chaos Marines to find them and [[AFateWorseThanDeath the horrible things they would put the civilians through]], it was just better to kill them [[MercyKilll [[MercyKill as mercifully as possible]].
15th Oct '16 6:40:27 PM TheNerevarine
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* In TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 comic ''ComicBook/{{Bloodquest}}'', Cloten and Lysander are forced to gun down civilians while masquerading as renegade marines, or they would risk blowing their coven. They are utterly disgusted by what they have to do, but given they found the civilians hiding while a Chaos invasion was going on and if they just left them to actual Chaos Marines to find them and [[AFateWorseThanDeath the horrible things they would put the civilians through]], it was just better to kill them [[MercyKilll as mercifully as possible]].
9th Oct '16 3:07:09 PM bt8257
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This trope is named after the [[ItWasHisSled climactic scene]] of ''Literature/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 ''Literature/OldYeller'', where the titular dog is literally shot to [[MercyKill put it out of an end to its misery]].



%% This trope is NOT ABOUT LITERALLY SHOOTING DOGS (usually), e.g. the Mooks in the movie "Equilibrium" shooting dogs with shotguns DOES NOT COUNT... Shoot The Dog is something a protagonist might do: commit a morally gray but necessary act (like shooting Old Yeller)... if you want to add an example that is merely firing a gun at a canine, don't; if you see an example like that, delete it or move it to KickTheDog.

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%% This trope is NOT ABOUT LITERALLY SHOOTING DOGS (usually), e.g. the Mooks in the movie "Equilibrium" shooting dogs with shotguns DOES NOT COUNT... Shoot The the Dog is something a protagonist might do: commit a morally gray but necessary act (like shooting Old Yeller)... if you want to add an example that is merely firing a gun at a canine, don't; if you see an example like that, delete it or move it to KickTheDog.
9th Oct '16 3:51:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Absalom}}'', Absalom and his men sometimes kill kittens to draw out vampires.
2nd Oct '16 2:07:04 PM Gosicrystal
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* Doing morally questionable things like sacrificing others' lives for the team's sake is a recurring theme in ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'''s Decision Game, but a major one occurs in the "Outbreak" fragment, where [[spoiler:Phi has been infected with Radical-6 and begs Diana to kill and burn her before the virus spreads across the globe]]. The trope is {{defied|Trope}} here, with horrible consequences: [[spoiler:''6 billion people'' die]].
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