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15th Mar '17 6:30:49 PM secretfan14
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* The manga of ''Manga/ElfenLied'' plays around with this for the {{Dojikko}} secretary Kisaragi at the beginning. Initially, Kurama wanted to save her, but realized that he would have to perform a HeroicSacrifice that may end up saving her. Lucy instead [[OffWithHisHead pops off her head]] [[MoodWhiplash after this sad moment]] [[DoubleSubverted and the army with Kurama ends up shooting through her]] ''[[BulletproofHumanShield anyway]]'' [[CurbStompBattle even though it doesn't work]].

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* The manga of ''Manga/ElfenLied'' plays around with this for the {{Dojikko}} CuteClumsyGirl secretary Kisaragi at the beginning. Initially, Kurama wanted to save her, but realized that he would have to perform a HeroicSacrifice that may end up saving her. Lucy instead [[OffWithHisHead pops off her head]] [[MoodWhiplash after this sad moment]] [[DoubleSubverted and the army with Kurama ends up shooting through her]] ''[[BulletproofHumanShield anyway]]'' [[CurbStompBattle even though it doesn't work]].
9th Mar '17 8:09:28 PM harostar
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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' uses this trope to illustrate several points, in an unexpected manner. When an elderly woman gets caught in the middle of a fierce battle between Investigators and a ghoul, they immediately fear her being used as a hostage. [[VanHelsingHateCrimes Hachikawa]] decides to take this approach, shooting at the "old hag" since he considers killing Irimi more important. Irimi surprises everyone -- including herself -- by shielding the old woman, and is mortally wounded in the process. Afterwards, Hirako and Kuramoto are deeply shaken by seeing a Ghoul value a human life more than an Investigator tasked with protecting humans.
25th Jan '17 11:31:05 PM jason1420
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** On another occasion in the series, "stunner tag" isn't an option because stunners are explicitly only less-lethal weapons and one of the hostages has advanced heart disease and likely wouldn't survive being stunned.
28th Dec '16 6:27:41 AM Deadbeatloser22
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* Literature/ArtemisFowl [[spoiler:once had Butler shoot ''his own father'' in order to trick the Russian Mafiya. Of course, it wasn't a real bullet -- it was a fairy capsule designed to hold water rations, filled with his own blood. Unfortunately, the mafiya ended up throwing the man into the Arctic water anyways...]]

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* Literature/ArtemisFowl [[spoiler:once had Butler shoot ''his own father'' in order to trick the Russian Mafiya. Of course, it wasn't a real bullet -- it was a fairy capsule designed to hold water rations, as a fire extinguisher, filled with his own blood. Unfortunately, the mafiya ended up throwing the man into the Arctic water anyways...]]
2nd Oct '16 9:16:18 PM nombretomado
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* This trope doesn't work so well if the hostage is a powerful mage capable of casting a [[ShockAndAwe Lightning Bolt]] that can incinerate both hostage taker and shooter, as [[http://www.errantstory.com/2003-03-19/73 Meji]], protagonist of ''ErrantStory'', [[http://www.errantstory.com/2003-03-21/74 demonstrates]].

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* This trope doesn't work so well if the hostage is a powerful mage capable of casting a [[ShockAndAwe Lightning Bolt]] that can incinerate both hostage taker and shooter, as [[http://www.errantstory.com/2003-03-19/73 Meji]], protagonist of ''ErrantStory'', ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'', [[http://www.errantstory.com/2003-03-21/74 demonstrates]].
1st Sep '16 6:37:43 AM Austin
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* In Flip Side, when a knight Bernadette humiliated by kicking his ass in front of the knight council gets ahold of the magic crazy-making super-power-giving collar-outfit-thing and goes after her in a bar, and then tries to use her as a human shield when Maytag shows up, Maytag makes it very, very clear that she ''will'' kill Bernadette herself rather then allow Bernadette to be raped and murdered. And, despite the fact one of her main skills is bluffing, Maytag is perfectly serious. Luckily, she wins.

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* In Flip Side, ''WebComic/FlipSide'', when a knight Bernadette humiliated by kicking his ass in front of the knight council gets ahold of the magic crazy-making super-power-giving collar-outfit-thing and goes after her in a bar, and then tries to use her as a human shield when Maytag shows up, Maytag makes it very, very clear that she ''will'' kill Bernadette herself rather then allow Bernadette to be raped and murdered. And, despite the fact one of her main skills is bluffing, Maytag is perfectly serious. Luckily, she wins.
18th Aug '16 12:40:50 AM PaulA
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* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]] once ''threatened'' to shoot the hostage, in order to turn a hostage situation around, and make it the hostage taker's problem. [[note]]The hostage was his ''emperor''. It really threw their opponent off balance, Gregor picked up immediately and played his part beautifully.[[/note]]

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* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** In ''Literature/TheVorGame'',
Miles Vorkosigan]] once Vorkosigan ''threatened'' to shoot the hostage, in order to turn a hostage situation around, and make it the hostage taker's problem. problem.[[note]]The hostage was his ''emperor''. It really threw their opponent off balance, Gregor picked up immediately and played his part beautifully.[[/note]]
29th May '16 8:10:36 PM StarSword
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* In Creator/DavidDrake's ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' novel ''What Distant Deeps'', Adele forces a squadron of Alliance warships to surrender by blowing up a ship full of hostages (which had been taken by the Alliance from a newly captured planet to ensure the local government's cooperation). This is to prove that she can and will destroy their ships if they refuse to surrender. [[WhatTheHellHero When called out on this by Lieutenant Vesey]], her sociopathic BattleButler Tovera points out that the ship would have been crewed by the [[SecretPolice Fifth Bureau]], and their standing procedure is to [[ThrownOutTheAirlock space all the hostages themselves]] before surrendering, to ward off rescue attempts.
7th Apr '16 8:22:57 PM FF32
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* ''Webcomice/{[Homestuck}}'': the heroic [[spoiler: Dirk Strider]] is being held at swordpoint by the villainous [[spoiler: Lord Jack]], who is in turn being held at swordpoint by the [[ALighterShadeOfBlack semi-villainous]] [[spoiler: Spades Slick]]. The heroic [[spoiler: Dave Strider]] decapitates all three with a single sword stroke. In this case, the heroes have an ally with [[BackFromTheDead resurrection powers]].

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* ''Webcomice/{[Homestuck}}'': ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': the heroic [[spoiler: Dirk Strider]] is being held at swordpoint by the villainous [[spoiler: Lord Jack]], who is in turn being held at swordpoint by the [[ALighterShadeOfBlack semi-villainous]] [[spoiler: Spades Slick]]. The heroic [[spoiler: Dave Strider]] decapitates all three with a single sword stroke. In this case, the heroes have an ally with [[BackFromTheDead resurrection powers]].
7th Apr '16 8:22:03 PM FF32
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* ''Webcomice/{[Homestuck}}'': the heroic [[spoiler: Dirk Strider]] is being held at swordpoint by the villainous [[spoiler: Lord Jack]], who is in turn being held at swordpoint by the [[ALighterShadeOfBlack semi-villainous]] [[spoiler: Spades Slick]]. The heroic [[spoiler: Dave Strider]] decapitates all three with a single sword stroke. In this case, the heroes have an ally with [[BackFromTheDead resurrection powers]].
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