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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.]]
29th Dec '15 3:11:08 PM Anddrix
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** ComicBook/TheQuestion gets in on the act in "Question Authority". He struggles for months about how to prevent the events that led, in an AlternateUniverse, to the Justice League becoming [[KnightTemplar fascist rulers]] of the world--events that centered around {{Franchise/Superman}} murdering SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor. Question's solution: go kill Lex himself (using his tie). After all, Supes is the ultimate good guy, and Question's a confirmed loony conspiracy nut. (Unfortunately, the real conspiracy Question uncovered in the process of confronting Lex was a bit more than he could handle.)

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** ComicBook/TheQuestion gets in on the act in "Question Authority". He struggles for months about how to prevent the events that led, in an AlternateUniverse, to the Justice League becoming [[KnightTemplar fascist rulers]] of the world--events that centered around {{Franchise/Superman}} murdering SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor.ComicBook/LexLuthor. Question's solution: go kill Lex himself (using his tie). After all, Supes is the ultimate good guy, and Question's a confirmed loony conspiracy nut. (Unfortunately, the real conspiracy Question uncovered in the process of confronting Lex was a bit more than he could handle.)
21st Dec '15 2:39:40 PM RaustBD
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If one Shoots The Dog too often, one runs the risk of becoming a KnightTemplar or PoisonousFriend. Alternatively, a PsychoSidekick, popular in hard-boiled crime fiction since the 1980s or so, is a character whom the author approves of whose main purpose is to Shoot the Dog whenever necessary. TheSpock is also likely to suggest shooting the dog and is the personification of this trope. Depending on [[StrawVulcan the]] [[StrawmanEmotional slant]] [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism of]] the series, he will also be the one to carry about the shooting, or the characters will TakeAThirdOption at the last minute. If the author doesn't want to compromise his heroes' goodness, he'll have BigDamnVillains do it. One common way to show the emotional pain this causes is by showing the shooter CradlingTheirKill.

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If one Shoots The Dog too often, one runs the risk of becoming a KnightTemplar or PoisonousFriend. Alternatively, a PsychoSidekick, popular in hard-boiled crime fiction since the 1980s or so, is a character whom the author approves of whose main purpose is to Shoot the Dog whenever necessary. TheSpock is also likely to suggest shooting the dog and is the personification of this trope. Depending on [[StrawVulcan the]] [[StrawmanEmotional slant]] [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism of]] the series, he will also be the one to carry about the shooting, or the characters will TakeAThirdOption at the last minute. If the author doesn't want to compromise his heroes' goodness, he'll have BigDamnVillains do it.the BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork. One common way to show the emotional pain this causes is by showing the shooter CradlingTheirKill.
9th Dec '15 3:27:30 AM jormis29
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* The ending the ''[[Comicbook/HackSlash Hack/Slash]]'' story ''Little Children''.
* In ''ShadeTheChangingMan'', Shade is forced to kill an enemy that can't be reasoned with or contained.

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* The ending the ''[[Comicbook/HackSlash Hack/Slash]]'' ''Comicbook/HackSlash'' story ''Little Children''.
* In ''ShadeTheChangingMan'', ''ComicBook/ShadeTheChangingMan'', Shade is forced to kill an enemy that can't be reasoned with or contained.
8th Dec '15 3:11:51 AM jormis29
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*  The opening of WebVideo/ASDFMovie 9:

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*  The opening of WebVideo/ASDFMovie 9:''WebAnimation/ASDFMovie 9'':
20th Nov '15 11:29:03 AM REV6Pilot
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* In the Teen Care Bears series the Care Bear Magi state that this is their purpose: they were created to take on the burdens and perform the actions that the main Care Bear Family cannot, specifically to kill threats to peace and caring that cannot be reasoned with. Their first major series of actions is to systematically kill every member of the [[FantasticRasicm Hunters]], an organization that pathologically fears and attempts to destroy all forms of magic, as leaving them alive might cause most of humanity to turn on the Care Bears. In a later story, they seem determined to kill Fauna because she's been corrupted by No-Heart and might pose an unstoppable threat to everyone if she's left alive.

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* In the Teen Care Bears series the Care Bear Magi state that this is their purpose: they were created to take on the burdens and perform the actions that the main Care Bear Family cannot, specifically to kill threats to peace and caring that cannot be reasoned with. Their first major series of actions is to systematically kill every member of the [[FantasticRasicm [[FantasticRacism Hunters]], an organization that pathologically fears and attempts to destroy all forms of magic, as leaving them alive might cause most of humanity to turn on the Care Bears. In a later story, they seem determined to kill Fauna because she's been corrupted by No-Heart and might pose an unstoppable threat to everyone if she's left alive.
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