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29th Mar '18 10:19:51 AM danlansdowne
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* The real reason for the disastrous Dieppe raid of 1942 was to ease considerable pressure on Britain to launch an invasion of France that year. Churchill chose to deliberately sacrifice 7,000 men, several Navy vessels and a lot of aircraft to make the point to Russia and America that any premature attempt to invade France would be a total and utter disaster and it was best to plan ahead and do it properly in 1944. He chose to have a battle Britain could not possibly win to make this point as dramatically as possible.

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* The real reason for the disastrous Dieppe raid of 1942 was to ease considerable pressure on Britain to launch an invasion of France that year. Churchill chose to deliberately sacrifice 7,000 men, several Navy vessels and a lot of aircraft to make the point to Russia and America that any premature attempt to invade France would be a total and utter disaster and it was best to plan ahead and do it properly in 1944. He chose to have a battle Britain could not possibly win to make this point as dramatically as possible. Dieppe may be a double dose of this, as some historians have also suggested that it was a smokescreen to keep the Nazis distracted while special forces captured an Enigma code machine.
12th Mar '18 8:49:54 PM Angeldeb82
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For a diametric opposition that makes you ''cheer'' for the hero's senselessness, see HonorBeforeReason. For extra anguish, it may well have been a SenselessSacrifice because the one shot [[InterruptedCooldownHug was no longer a threat.]] Expect the shooter to go for the most {{Jerkass}} solution even when FridgeLogic indicates much less morally compromising ones are possible, because MurderIsTheBestSolution.

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For a diametric opposition that makes you ''cheer'' for the hero's senselessness, see HonorBeforeReason. For extra anguish, it may well have been a SenselessSacrifice because the one shot [[InterruptedCooldownHug was no longer a threat.]] threat]]. Expect the shooter to go for the most {{Jerkass}} solution even when FridgeLogic indicates much less morally compromising ones are possible, because MurderIsTheBestSolution.



This may or may not be confused with [[http://www.rrrrthats5rs.com/games/dont-shoot-the-puppy/ Don't Shoot The Puppy.]], but do not confuse with ShootTheShaggyDog, which is a particular form of DownerEnding.

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This may or may not be confused with [[http://www.rrrrthats5rs.com/games/dont-shoot-the-puppy/ Don't Shoot The Puppy.]], Puppy]], but do not confuse with ShootTheShaggyDog, which is a particular form of DownerEnding.



* In ''{{Franchise/Batman}}'', [[Comicbook/{{Robin}} Jason Todd]] ''thought'' he was doing this for Batman and ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} back when he was more [[AntiHero Hero]] than [[SociopathicHero Anti.]] Then he [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope went really dark.]]

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* In ''{{Franchise/Batman}}'', [[Comicbook/{{Robin}} Jason Todd]] ''thought'' he was doing this for Batman and ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} back when he was more [[AntiHero Hero]] than [[SociopathicHero Anti.]] Anti]]. Then he [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope went really dark.]]dark]].



* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]], Samantha Shepard experiences a HeroicBSOD that tilts her away from her usual paragon self, but in the sequel ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', she has MyGodWhatHaveIDone breakdown that makes her question why anyone else would keep her around. Others justify retaining Shepard (rather than imprisoning her for war crimes) based on [[IDidWhatIHadToDo She Did What She Had To Do]]. There are plenty of other morally-questionable actions throughout that may or may not have been {{justified|Trope}} InUniverse through IDidWhatIHadToDo but nonetheless qualify as shooting the dog:

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* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]], Samantha Shepard experiences a HeroicBSOD that tilts her away from her usual paragon self, but in the sequel ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', she has MyGodWhatHaveIDone breakdown that makes her question why anyone else would keep her around. Others justify retaining Shepard (rather than imprisoning her for war crimes) based on [[IDidWhatIHadToDo She Did What She Had To to Do]]. There are plenty of other morally-questionable actions throughout that may or may not have been {{justified|Trope}} InUniverse through IDidWhatIHadToDo but nonetheless qualify as shooting the dog:


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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'' fan comic from Website/DeviantArt, "[[https://fuyuflowga.deviantart.com/gallery/64893285/Cagney-is-a-Carnation Cagney Is a Carnation]]" by [[https://fuyuflowga.deviantart.com/ fuyuflowga]], [[TheWoobie Cagney]] [[DeathSeeker Carnation]] has to become NecessarilyEvil in order to get the sibling protagonists Cuphead and Mugman to battle him out for the Soul Contract, [[DeathEqualsRedemption knowing that he'll at least be free from servitude to the Devil if he gets killed]]. During the battle, on discovering that Mugman must be so important to Cuphead, Cagney reaches a terrible, reluctant decision: he has to [[WouldHurtAChild kill Mugman with his bare, thorny vines]] in an effort to spur his brother to avenge him and destroy Cagney for the contract. Needless to say, the ploy works ([[https://fuyuflowga.deviantart.com/art/Cagney-is-a-Carnation-page-9-717554651 and the result just isn't pretty]]), although [[UnexplainedRecovery both Mugman and Cagney get better]] after a hard battle.
4th Mar '18 8:49:49 PM merotoker
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* In Creator/AlanMoore's ''{{Comicbook/Miracleman}}'', the titular character [[spoiler: executes the innocent Johnny Bates]] to permanently prevent [[spoiler: his evil alter-ego Kid Miracleman from resurfacing]]. Subverted in that [[spoiler:Miracleman had already thrown a bus full of people at Bates/Miracleman without a second thought. The caption implies he did so while with at least partial awareness of the innocent deaths that would cause. It didn't hurt Bates anyway. Which Miracleman may have known.]]
** Miracleman also [[spoiler:kills Gargunza's dog to stop it from turning back into a monster. With a ''rock.'']]
* [[spoiler:Ozymandias]]'s plan in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' is a ''nuke'' the dog. Then later [[spoiler: he has to disintegrate his beloved pet, a genetically engineered lynx, in an attempt to destroy Dr. Manhattan]]

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* In Creator/AlanMoore's ''{{Comicbook/Miracleman}}'', the titular character [[spoiler: executes the innocent Johnny Bates]] to permanently prevent [[spoiler: his evil alter-ego Kid Miracleman from resurfacing]]. Subverted in that [[spoiler:Miracleman had already thrown a bus full of people at Bates/Miracleman without a second thought. The caption implies he did so while with at least partial awareness of the innocent deaths that would cause. It didn't hurt Bates anyway. Which Miracleman may have known.]]
known]].
** Miracleman also [[spoiler:kills Gargunza's dog to stop it from turning back into a monster. With a ''rock.'']]
''rock'']].
* [[spoiler:Ozymandias]]'s plan in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' is a ''nuke'' the dog. Then later [[spoiler: he has to disintegrate his beloved pet, a genetically engineered lynx, in an attempt to destroy Dr. Manhattan]]Manhattan]].



* ComicBook/{{Invincible}} once [[spoiler: killed future Immortal, who turned into dictator and was begging him to do it.]]

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* ComicBook/{{Invincible}} once [[spoiler: killed future Immortal, who turned into dictator and was begging him to do it.]]it]].



* The ending the ''Comicbook/HackSlash'' story ''Little Children''.

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* %%* The ending of the ''Comicbook/HackSlash'' story ''Little Children''.



* In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Renee]] [[ComicBook/GothamCentral Montoya]] and ComicBook/TheQuestion are at the wedding of ComicBook/BlackAdam and Comicbook/{{Isis}} looking for a [[SuicideAttack suicide bomber]]. When they find the bomber they discover that it is a young girl, just a kid, but they are too far away from her to reach her before she detonates her bomb. Since an explosion in this crowded space would result in hundreds, possibly thousands of deaths Renee realizes she has no choice and shoots the bomber, killing her before she can activate the device. Charlie, and later Black Adam himself, [[YouDidEverythingYouCould assure her that she had no choice]], but Renee [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone is traumatised by the fact that she]] [[TheseHandsHaveKilled just killed a little kid]].
* One absolutely [[TearJerker/ComicBooks heartbreaking]] example appears in ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen''. An unfortunate teenager wakes up one morning and discovers that he's a mutant [[BlessedWithSuck/ComicBooks whose sole ability is to emit an]] InstantDeathRadius [[WalkingWasteland of a few hundred feet that kills every living thing around him]]. By the time he realizes what's happening, he has unwittingly killed his entire town including his family and friends. Frightened out of his mind, he hides in a nearby cave. Then {{Wolverine}}, who is able to survive thanks to his HealingFactor, appears. He gives the kid a beer and tells him what happened. In the end, to keep the kid from accidentally hurting anyone else and to keep his existence a secret (since news of a mutant with that kind of power would destroy any chance of peace between mutants and humans), Wolverine kills him. By that point it's almost a MercyKilling since the kid can't live with being responsible for so much death.
* Wolverine was recruited into the ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'' specifically so that they'd have someone willing to shoot the dog on the team. With Captain America, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, and Iron Man on the team at the time, the argument was that they needed a dog-shooter for those situations when a hard morale choice might be necessary.
* 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" and his father WouldNotHurtAChild.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Renee]] [[ComicBook/GothamCentral Montoya]] and ComicBook/TheQuestion are at the wedding of ComicBook/BlackAdam and Comicbook/{{Isis}} Isis looking for a [[SuicideAttack suicide bomber]]. When they find the bomber they discover that it is a young girl, just a kid, but they are too far away from her to reach her before she detonates her bomb. Since an explosion in this crowded space would result in hundreds, possibly thousands of deaths Renee realizes she has no choice and shoots the bomber, killing her before she can activate the device. Charlie, and later Black Adam himself, [[YouDidEverythingYouCould assure her that she had no choice]], but Renee [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone is traumatised by the fact that she]] [[TheseHandsHaveKilled just killed a little kid]].
* One absolutely [[TearJerker/ComicBooks [[TearJerker/UltimateXMen heartbreaking]] example appears in ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen''. An unfortunate teenager wakes up one morning and discovers that he's a mutant [[BlessedWithSuck/ComicBooks whose sole ability is to emit an]] InstantDeathRadius [[WalkingWasteland of a few hundred feet that kills every living thing around him]]. By the time he realizes what's happening, he has unwittingly killed his entire town including his family and friends. Frightened out of his mind, he hides in a nearby cave. Then {{Wolverine}}, Franchise/{{Wolverine}}, who is able to survive thanks to his HealingFactor, appears. He gives the kid a beer and tells him what happened. In the end, to keep the kid from accidentally hurting anyone else and to keep his existence a secret (since news of a mutant with that kind of power would destroy any chance of peace between mutants and humans), Wolverine kills him. By that point it's almost a MercyKilling since the kid can't live with being responsible for so much death.
* Wolverine was recruited into the ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'' specifically so that they'd have someone willing to shoot the dog on the team. With Captain America, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Franchise/SpiderMan, ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, and Iron Man ComicBook/IronMan on the team at the time, the argument was that they needed a dog-shooter for those situations when a hard morale choice might be necessary.
* In ''Comicbook/TheWalkingDead'', ''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" and his father WouldNotHurtAChild.]]WouldntHurtAChild]].



* Some Justice League members actually [[spoiler:[[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood brainwashed the dog.]]]][[spoiler:Twice. They [[LaserGuidedAmnesia erased Dr. Light's memory]]]], and when Batman found out about it, [[spoiler: they did the same to him.]]
** Also, Wonder Woman [[spoiler: snapping Maxwell Lord's neck, in order to break his mind control over Superman. The latter wasn't too happy when he found out.]]
* 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 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.

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* Some Justice League Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}} members actually [[spoiler:[[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood brainwashed [[spoiler:{{brainwash|ingForTheGreaterGood}}ed the dog.]]]][[spoiler:Twice.dog. Twice. They [[LaserGuidedAmnesia erased Dr. Light's memory]]]], and when Batman found out about it, [[spoiler: they did the same to him.]]
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** Also, Wonder Woman Franchise/WonderWoman [[spoiler: snapping Maxwell Lord's neck, in order to break his mind control over Superman. The latter wasn't too happy when he found out.]]
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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 ambiguous team that's entire purpose is to ShootTheDog, shoot the dog, 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 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 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.]]

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* The third volume of ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'' revolves around whether or not the Illuminati ComicBook/TheIlluminati (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 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 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.]]



* ''ComicBook/BeastWarsUprising'' is an extended deconstruction of this. In the GrayAndGrayMorality of the Grand Uprising, many factions and characters are willing to Shoot The Dog if victory depends on it... a fact that does nothing but [[FromBadToWorse make the conflict even worse]], as [[GodzillaThreshold it pushes everybody else into increasingly extreme acts out of fear and desperation]]. Most notably, Lio Convoy's near-constant and ruthless dog-shooting not only leaves him [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone overwrought with crippling guilt]], but also pushes the Builders into unleashing [[spoiler:the Vehicon plague, which quickly spirals out of control and threatens to destroy the entire planet]]. It's also clear that many of the crimes committed for the supposed "greater good" are actually done out of [[HanlonsRazor incompetence or self-gratification rather than intelligent pragmatism]]. In the end, [[spoiler:the real heroes who save Cybertron end up being people like the Ex-Bots or Hot Rod, who refused to let the war corrupt them and did everything they could to find a better way. The DistantFinale shows that most of the dog-shooters get remembered as little more than idiots and bastards who almost got everyone killed.]]

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* ''ComicBook/BeastWarsUprising'' is an extended deconstruction of this. In the GrayAndGrayMorality GreyAndGrayMorality of the Grand Uprising, many factions and characters are willing to Shoot The Dog if victory depends on it... a fact that does nothing but [[FromBadToWorse make the conflict even worse]], as [[GodzillaThreshold it pushes everybody else into increasingly extreme acts out of fear and desperation]]. Most notably, Lio Convoy's near-constant and ruthless dog-shooting not only leaves him [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone overwrought with crippling guilt]], but also pushes the Builders into unleashing [[spoiler:the Vehicon plague, which quickly spirals out of control and threatens to destroy the entire planet]]. It's also clear that many of the crimes committed for the supposed "greater good" are actually done out of [[HanlonsRazor incompetence or self-gratification rather than intelligent pragmatism]]. In the end, [[spoiler:the real heroes who save Cybertron end up being people like the Ex-Bots or Hot Rod, who refused to let the war corrupt them and did everything they could to find a better way. The DistantFinale shows that most of the dog-shooters get remembered as little more than idiots and bastards who almost got everyone killed.]]killed]].



** Doctor Strange is also ruthlessly manipulative, coldly moving people around like chess pieces, and continually calculating the cost-benefit balance of each action in human and superhuman lives via his [[spoiler: Time Stone]] boosted abilities as a {{Seer}}. As he puts it: "I do what I must, because the alternative would be worse."

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** Doctor Strange is also ruthlessly manipulative, coldly moving people around like chess pieces, and continually calculating the cost-benefit balance of each action in human and superhuman lives via his [[spoiler: Time Stone]] boosted abilities as a {{Seer}}.{{Seer|s}}. As he puts it: "I do what I must, because the alternative would be worse."



* In the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', [[spoiler: this is how the Alicorns and Draconnequi justify destroying the G3 world and triggering a CosmicRetcon. If they hadn't, the errors in that world would have caused it to collapse anyway and [[ApocalypseHow destroy everything]]. At least their way allows the world to start over again; they even state they wouldn't be doing so if they had any other choice.]]
** Similarly, [[spoiler: this is why, after the universe reboots, Destruction prevents the transition from G2 to G3 by basically nuking the planet at the critical moment. Sure, millions die and pony civilization collapses back into the Dark Ages, but if he hadn't, the CosmicRetcon would have been rendered pointless.]]

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* In the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', [[spoiler: this is how the Alicorns and Draconnequi justify destroying the G3 world and triggering a CosmicRetcon. If they hadn't, the errors in that world would have caused it to collapse anyway and [[ApocalypseHow destroy everything]]. At least their way allows the world to start over again; they even state they wouldn't be doing so if they had any other choice.]]
choice]].
** Similarly, [[spoiler: this is why, after the universe reboots, Destruction prevents the transition from G2 to G3 by basically nuking the planet at the critical moment. Sure, millions die and pony civilization collapses back into the Dark Ages, but if he hadn't, the CosmicRetcon would have been rendered pointless.]]pointless]].



* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]], Samantha Shepard experiences a HeroicBSOD that tilts her away from her usual paragon self, but in the sequel ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', she has MyGodWhatHaveIDone breakdown that makes her question why anyone else would keep her around. Others justify retaining Shepard (rather than imprisoning her for war crimes) based on [[IDidWhatIHadToDo She Did What She Had To Do]]. There are plenty of other morally-questionable actions throughout that may or may not have been {{Justified}} InUniverse through IDidWhatIHadToDo but nonetheless qualify as shooting the dog:

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* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]], Samantha Shepard experiences a HeroicBSOD that tilts her away from her usual paragon self, but in the sequel ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', she has MyGodWhatHaveIDone breakdown that makes her question why anyone else would keep her around. Others justify retaining Shepard (rather than imprisoning her for war crimes) based on [[IDidWhatIHadToDo She Did What She Had To Do]]. There are plenty of other morally-questionable actions throughout that may or may not have been {{Justified}} {{justified|Trope}} InUniverse through IDidWhatIHadToDo but nonetheless qualify as shooting the dog:



* ''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.]]it]].



* In 2008, {{Wrestling/Batista}} confronted Wrestling/ShawnMichaels for doing this to Wrestling/RicFlair and ending his career. ''Old Yeller'' was referenced leading up to the friendly match at ''WrestleMania 24'', but - as was referenced in the color commentary for the match itself - it was rabies, not age, that forced the main character to kill the dog. Still, the match was presented as Shawn knowing full well that Flair was too old to wrestle any more and that he was going to lose to ''someone'' soon - all Michaels could do was fulfill his friend's wishes and be the one to end his career.
** It's implied that Batista was jealous, because Flair asked Michaels and not him.
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's actions in the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob. Vince and Shawn [[{{Kayfabe}} really did]] screw Wrestling/BretHart out of the [=WWF=] Championship, out of Vince's fear that Bret would appear on rival promotion [=WCW=] with the title, since Hart was about to leave the [=WWF=] and go work for [=WCW=]. Something similar had happened before where then-[=WWF=] Women's Champion Alyndra Blaze dumped the Women's Championship belt into a garbage can on WCW's flagship program, ''Monday Nitro'', and Vince didn't want the same thing to happen again. Hart refused to drop the title to Michaels, since the two had bad blood. Finally, at Wrestling/SurvivorSeries in 1997, as Michaels put Hart into Hart's own submission move, Vince called for the bell, costing Hart the match. Whether or not the real-life screwjob was justified or not is still a contentious issue among wrestling fans, even today.

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* In 2008, {{Wrestling/Batista}} confronted Wrestling/ShawnMichaels for doing this to Wrestling/RicFlair and ending his career. ''Old Yeller'' was referenced leading up to the friendly match at ''WrestleMania 24'', Wrestling/WrestleMania 24, but - as was referenced in the color commentary for the match itself - it was rabies, not age, that forced the main character to kill the dog. Still, the match was presented as Shawn knowing full well that Flair was too old to wrestle any more and that he was going to lose to ''someone'' soon - all Michaels could do was fulfill his friend's wishes and be the one to end his career.
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career. It's implied that Batista was jealous, because Flair asked Michaels and not him.
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's actions in the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob. Vince and Shawn [[{{Kayfabe}} really did]] screw Wrestling/BretHart out of the [=WWF=] Championship, out of Vince's fear that Bret would appear on rival promotion [=WCW=] Wrestling/{{WCW}} with the title, since Hart was about to leave the [=WWF=] and go work for [=WCW=]. Something similar had happened before where then-[=WWF=] Women's Champion Alyndra Blaze [[Wrestling/{{Madusa}} Alundra Blaze]] dumped the Women's Championship belt into a garbage can on WCW's flagship program, ''Monday Nitro'', and Vince didn't want the same thing to happen again. Hart refused to drop the title to Michaels, since the two had bad blood. Finally, at Wrestling/SurvivorSeries in 1997, as Michaels put Hart into Hart's own submission move, Vince called for the bell, costing Hart the match. Whether or not the real-life screwjob was justified or not is still a contentious issue among wrestling fans, even today.



* Towards the end of Act Five of ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler:Vriska is about to leave the trolls' hiding place to try to confront [[BigBad Jack Noir]]. However, [[BlindSeer Terezi]], who has the power to predict the consequences of decisions, has foreseen that if Vriska leaves, Jack will follow her trail back and kill everyone remaining on the asteroid. Vriska refuses to listen, guessing that Terezi won't have the guts to stop her. [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice She guessed wrong]].]]

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* Towards the end of Act Five of ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler:Vriska is about to leave the trolls' hiding place to try to confront [[BigBad Jack Noir]]. However, [[BlindSeer Terezi]], who has the power to predict the consequences of decisions, has foreseen that if Vriska leaves, Jack will follow her trail back and kill everyone remaining on the asteroid. Vriska refuses to listen, guessing that Terezi won't have the guts to stop her. [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice She guessed wrong]].]]wrong]]]].



* Among the many morally-grey choices characters make in ''{{Literature/Worm}}'' is, in [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/sting-26-6/ Chapter 26.6]], [[spoiler:Weaver]] shooting [[spoiler:Aster]] to prevent [[spoiler:Jack's Slaughterhouse Nine]] from doing their thing and [[spoiler:possibly causing the end of the world]]. What makes this example all the more depressing is [[spoiler: it turned out to be meaningless as it was something else entirely that will cause the end of the world.]]
*  The opening of ''WebAnimation/ASDFMovie 9'':

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* Among the many morally-grey choices characters make in ''{{Literature/Worm}}'' is, in [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/sting-26-6/ Chapter 26.6]], [[spoiler:Weaver]] shooting [[spoiler:Aster]] to prevent [[spoiler:Jack's Slaughterhouse Nine]] from doing their thing and [[spoiler:possibly causing the end of the world]]. What makes this example all the more depressing is [[spoiler: it turned out to be meaningless as it was something else entirely that will cause the end of the world.]]
world]].
*  The opening of ''WebAnimation/ASDFMovie ''WebAnimation/{{asdfmovie}} 9'':



* In the season 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', [[spoiler:Optimus Prime destroys the Omega Lock -- thus ruining any chance of restoring Cybertron -- in order to prevent Megatron from using it to terraform Earth and wiping out humanity in the process.]]

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* In the season 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', [[spoiler:Optimus Prime destroys the Omega Lock -- thus ruining any chance of restoring Cybertron -- in order to prevent Megatron from using it to terraform Earth and wiping out humanity in the process.]]process]].



* A classic cover for the National Lampoon magazine features a gun being held to the head of a dog with the warning "If You Don't Buy This Magazine, We'll Kill This Dog". At the time the magazine was struggling, so the cover was intentionally controversial to inspire interest.
** [[CrossesTheLineTwice On the back, the gun is smoking and the dog is missing with the comment "You should have bought the magazine!"]]

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* A classic cover for the National Lampoon magazine features a gun being held to the head of a dog with the warning "If You Don't Buy This Magazine, We'll Kill This Dog". At the time the magazine was struggling, so the cover was intentionally controversial to inspire interest.
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interest. [[CrossesTheLineTwice On the back, the gun is smoking and the dog is missing with the comment "You should have bought the magazine!"]]



* UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington (hero number one in the U.S.A) has a Shoot the Dog episode among his many awesome moments. With the revolution in danger of falling apart due to the demoralizing effect of endless military defeats, Washington broke the traditional Christmas truce to [[http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/fall96/images/delaware.jpg lead troops across the Delaware River]] and sneak attack a group of enemy mercenaries. The resulting lopsided victory had a crucial psychological effect.

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* UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington (hero number one in the U.S.A) has a Shoot the Dog episode among his many awesome moments. With the revolution in danger of falling apart due to the demoralizing effect of endless military defeats, Washington broke the traditional Christmas truce to [[http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/fall96/images/delaware.[[http://s3.amazonaws.com/mtv-main-assets/files/resources/large_crossing-the-delaware-met-museum.jpg lead troops across the Delaware River]] and sneak attack a group of enemy mercenaries. The resulting lopsided victory had a crucial psychological effect.



* German soldiers in World War II actually had orders to shoot every stray dog they encountered on the eastern front on sight. This was the result of the Soviets experimenting with "anti-tank dogs" that had a bomb strapped to them, a triggering mechanism on their backs, and were meant to run under German tanks. The dogs were easily confused by the loud noises of the battlefields and had no way of knowing how to differentiate a German from a Soviet tank, and the project wasn't pursued much further. So the Germans decided to ShootTheDog literally because the Soviets did figuratively.

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* German soldiers in World War II actually had orders to shoot every stray dog they encountered on the eastern front on sight. This was the result of the Soviets experimenting with "anti-tank dogs" that had a bomb strapped to them, a triggering mechanism on their backs, and were meant to run under German tanks. The dogs were easily confused by the loud noises of the battlefields and had no way of knowing how to differentiate a German from a Soviet tank, and the project wasn't pursued much further. So the Germans decided to ShootTheDog shoot the dog literally because the Soviets did figuratively.



* George Orwell famously wrote, "Those who 'abjure' violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf" in 1945 essay "Notes on Nationalism," capturing the essence of this idea. The quote, incorporating similar sayings from other authors such as Kipling, evolved into the better known version since then, "People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf," which has been apocryphally attributed to many people.

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* George Orwell Creator/GeorgeOrwell famously wrote, "Those who 'abjure' violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf" in 1945 essay "Notes on Nationalism," capturing the essence of this idea. The quote, incorporating similar sayings from other authors such as Kipling, evolved into the better known version since then, "People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf," which has been apocryphally attributed to many people.
4th Mar '18 6:32:16 PM nombretomado
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* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's actions in the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob. Vince and Shawn [[{{Kayfabe}} really did]] screw Wrestling/BretHart out of the [=WWF=] Championship, out of Vince's fear that Bret would appear on rival promotion [=WCW=] with the title, since Hart was about to leave the [=WWF=] and go work for [=WCW=]. Something similar had happened before where then-[=WWF=] Women's Champion Alyndra Blaze dumped the Women's Championship belt into a garbage can on WCW's flagship program, ''Monday Nitro'', and Vince didn't want the same thing to happen again. Hart refused to drop the title to Michaels, since the two had bad blood. Finally, at SurvivorSeries in 1997, as Michaels put Hart into Hart's own submission move, Vince called for the bell, costing Hart the match. Whether or not the real-life screwjob was justified or not is still a contentious issue among wrestling fans, even today.

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* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's actions in the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob. Vince and Shawn [[{{Kayfabe}} really did]] screw Wrestling/BretHart out of the [=WWF=] Championship, out of Vince's fear that Bret would appear on rival promotion [=WCW=] with the title, since Hart was about to leave the [=WWF=] and go work for [=WCW=]. Something similar had happened before where then-[=WWF=] Women's Champion Alyndra Blaze dumped the Women's Championship belt into a garbage can on WCW's flagship program, ''Monday Nitro'', and Vince didn't want the same thing to happen again. Hart refused to drop the title to Michaels, since the two had bad blood. Finally, at SurvivorSeries Wrestling/SurvivorSeries in 1997, as Michaels put Hart into Hart's own submission move, Vince called for the bell, costing Hart the match. Whether or not the real-life screwjob was justified or not is still a contentious issue among wrestling fans, even today.
21st Feb '18 4:39:55 AM Dravencour
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31st Jan '18 8:50:15 PM nombretomado
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* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's actions in the MontrealScrewjob. Vince and Shawn [[{{Kayfabe}} really did]] screw Wrestling/BretHart out of the [=WWF=] Championship, out of Vince's fear that Bret would appear on rival promotion [=WCW=] with the title, since Hart was about to leave the [=WWF=] and go work for [=WCW=]. Something similar had happened before where then-[=WWF=] Women's Champion Alyndra Blaze dumped the Women's Championship belt into a garbage can on WCW's flagship program, ''Monday Nitro'', and Vince didn't want the same thing to happen again. Hart refused to drop the title to Michaels, since the two had bad blood. Finally, at SurvivorSeries in 1997, as Michaels put Hart into Hart's own submission move, Vince called for the bell, costing Hart the match. Whether or not the real-life screwjob was justified or not is still a contentious issue among wrestling fans, even today.

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* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's actions in the MontrealScrewjob.Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob. Vince and Shawn [[{{Kayfabe}} really did]] screw Wrestling/BretHart out of the [=WWF=] Championship, out of Vince's fear that Bret would appear on rival promotion [=WCW=] with the title, since Hart was about to leave the [=WWF=] and go work for [=WCW=]. Something similar had happened before where then-[=WWF=] Women's Champion Alyndra Blaze dumped the Women's Championship belt into a garbage can on WCW's flagship program, ''Monday Nitro'', and Vince didn't want the same thing to happen again. Hart refused to drop the title to Michaels, since the two had bad blood. Finally, at SurvivorSeries in 1997, as Michaels put Hart into Hart's own submission move, Vince called for the bell, costing Hart the match. Whether or not the real-life screwjob was justified or not is still a contentious issue among wrestling fans, even today.
23rd Jan '18 3:51:47 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Peter Wisdom [[spoiler: a.k.a. Regulus Black]], Director of [=MI13=], whose willingness to do this is perhaps his defining trait. In the sequel, for instance, he makes it abundantly clear to Thor that he would personally shoot Harry, a fourteen year old boy, in the head if he proved to be a mortal threat to Britain - a genuine possibility, considering [[spoiler: the fact that Harry's got a fragment of the Phoenix inside him, his body was used to conquer half a continent by the Red Room, and he's already gone Dark Phoenix once]] - and he thought that it was necessary (though he is aware that it would most likely just make things worse). He'd feel horrifically guilty for doing so, but he'd do it, and accept the retribution that came with it.
** Doctor Strange is also ruthlessly manipulative, coldly moving people around like chess pieces, and continually calculating the cost-benefit balance of each action in human and superhuman lives via his [[spoiler: Time Stone]] boosted abilities as a {{Seer}}. As he puts it: "I do what I must, because the alternative would be worse."
10th Jan '18 7:05:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/{{Raptors}}'': Camilla murders a dog before killing its owner, since he was part of the conspiracy she was opposed to.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Raptors}}'': Camilla murders kills a dog before killing murdering its owner, since he was part of the conspiracy she was opposed to.
8th Jan '18 6:36:54 AM lillolillo
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* In the fourth issue of ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', Streaky the Supercat appears to be de-stabilizing a reactor core to blow the school up, so Lena decides to shoot him. However ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} stops her.
-->'''Supergirl:''' You were trying to shoot the cat!\\
'''Lena:''' I was stopping the cat from destroying us all!
24th Dec '17 5:35:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/{{Raptors}}'': Camilla murders a dog before killing its owner, since he was part of the conspiracy she was opposed to.
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