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25th Nov '16 9:28:07 AM Ulfer
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* This is an old trope, that appears in medieval literature. For example, in the ''Beatrix'' version of the old french chanson de geste ''La Naissance du chevalier au cygne'' (12th century), the evil crone Matabrune, infuriated by the bad news brought to her by a spy, merely a young boy, kills him with her knife in front of her disapproving court.
25th Nov '16 7:08:21 AM JackG
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* Justified in the 1997 adaptation of ''Film/{{Ivanhoe}}'' when the recipient realises that it's politically expedient to pretend he never received the message in the first place. The messenger tries to avert his fate by [[HaveYouToldAnyoneElse asserting that his master awaits his safe return.]] He dies anyway.
13th Nov '16 3:40:11 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Chaos At The Earth's Core", EvilOverlord Deimos disintegrates a minion who reports that the heroes have arrived.

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* In the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Chaos At The Earth's Core", EvilOverlord Deimos disintegrates a minion who reports that the heroes have arrived.
28th Oct '16 8:27:43 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Defied in ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. Morpheus sends a messenger to [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] that he intends to travel ToHellAndBack to free Nada's soul. Knowing that Lucifer will ShootTheMessenger, he sends the Biblical Cain as his envoy, since Cain is marked by God and not even the forces of Hell can kill him. Lucifer still manages to hurt and terrify Cain, but notes that anyone else would have returned "with his liver in his mouth".

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* Defied in ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. Morpheus sends a messenger to [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] that he intends to travel ToHellAndBack to free Nada's soul. Knowing that Lucifer will ShootTheMessenger, Shoot the Messenger, he sends the Biblical Cain as his envoy, since Cain is marked by God and not even the forces of Hell can kill him. Lucifer still manages to hurt and terrify Cain, but notes that anyone else would have returned "with his liver in his mouth".



* ''Fanfic/TheSunSoul'': [[spoiler:In chapter 22, during the Celadon Civil War, Mayor Vicar sends a messenger to Princess Erika's side, telling them to surrender. If Erika's side loses, there will be no mercy for them - so they had better surrender now while they still can. Brock, on Erika's side, steps forward, yells 'IF!', and signals his army to attack. The messenger ends up with two big ugly arrows protruding through his chest, promptly falls off his Rapidash, and dies.]] Quite literally a case of ShootTheMessenger.

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* ''Fanfic/TheSunSoul'': [[spoiler:In chapter 22, during the Celadon Civil War, Mayor Vicar sends a messenger to Princess Erika's side, telling them to surrender. If Erika's side loses, there will be no mercy for them - so they had better surrender now while they still can. Brock, on Erika's side, steps forward, yells 'IF!', and signals his army to attack. The messenger ends up with two big ugly arrows protruding through his chest, promptly falls off his Rapidash, and dies.]] Quite literally a case of ShootTheMessenger.Shoot the Messenger.



* In ''Film/TheWarlords'' film starring Creator/JetLi as Pang Qingyun and Andy Lau as Zhao Erhu, a new army called Shan led by the two main characters are sent on a mission with inferior numbers to attack and claim the territory of a much larger army with much more weapons and firepower. [[CaptainObvious The odds are against them]], and the opposing army sends a messenger to tell General Zhao that [[NeverTellMeTheOdds the odds are against them]] and they can't win. The General pulls out his sword and slices the the messenger's neck without a word, then he and his men charge in for the attack. [[ShootTheMessenger Chop The Messenger]]?

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* In ''Film/TheWarlords'' film starring Creator/JetLi as Pang Qingyun and Andy Lau as Zhao Erhu, a new army called Shan led by the two main characters are sent on a mission with inferior numbers to attack and claim the territory of a much larger army with much more weapons and firepower. [[CaptainObvious The odds are against them]], and the opposing army sends a messenger to tell General Zhao that [[NeverTellMeTheOdds the odds are against them]] and they can't win. The General pulls out his sword and slices the the messenger's neck without a word, then he and his men charge in for the attack. [[ShootTheMessenger Chop The Messenger]]?Messenger?



* In a ''Literature/WingCommander'' novel, Prince Thrakhath forced a messenger to commit ritual suicide. Semi-justifiable because the reason was not because of the bad news, but the way the messenger delivered it, running through the ship and looking distressed, which would cause rumors and morale problems. Once FridgeLogic kicks in though, you wonder why a messenger is needed on a space ship rather sending the message electronically, and realize the scene exists [[KickTheDog solely to show that]] Thrakhath is the type to ShootTheMessenger.

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* In a ''Literature/WingCommander'' novel, Prince Thrakhath forced a messenger to commit ritual suicide. Semi-justifiable because the reason was not because of the bad news, but the way the messenger delivered it, running through the ship and looking distressed, which would cause rumors and morale problems. Once FridgeLogic kicks in though, you wonder why a messenger is needed on a space ship rather sending the message electronically, and realize the scene exists [[KickTheDog solely to show that]] Thrakhath is the type to ShootTheMessenger.Shoot the Messenger.
24th Oct '16 6:47:50 AM nighttrainfm
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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. Morpheus sends a messenger to [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] that he intends to travel ToHellAndBack to free Nada's soul. Knowing that Lucifer will ShootTheMessenger, he sends the Biblical Cain as his envoy, since Cain is marked by God and not even the forces of Hell can kill him. Lucifer still manages to hurt and terrify Cain despite that.

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* Subverted Defied in ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. Morpheus sends a messenger to [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] that he intends to travel ToHellAndBack to free Nada's soul. Knowing that Lucifer will ShootTheMessenger, he sends the Biblical Cain as his envoy, since Cain is marked by God and not even the forces of Hell can kill him. Lucifer still manages to hurt and terrify Cain despite that.Cain, but notes that anyone else would have returned "with his liver in his mouth".
22nd Oct '16 5:08:14 AM Dravencour
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** A henchman of Frieza's arrives to announce that the Ginyu Force has arrived. As soon as he's finished, Frieza promptly vaporizes him with {{Eye Beam}}s. The worst part for this poor messenger was that the arrival of the Ginyu Force was ''good'' news for Frieza, seeing as they were his men. His most elite warriors, at that. Frieza said his reason for doing so was [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness because he didn't need him anymore]].

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** A henchman of Frieza's arrives to announce that the Ginyu Force has arrived. As soon as he's finished, Frieza [[KickTheDog promptly vaporizes him him]] with {{Eye Beam}}s. The worst part for this poor messenger was that the arrival of the Ginyu Force was ''good'' news for Frieza, seeing as they were his men. His most elite warriors, at that. Frieza said his reason for doing so was [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness because he didn't need him anymore]].
21st Oct '16 5:47:02 AM JackG
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** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. Voldemort responds to the news that Harry has stolen a Horcrux from a supposedly impregnable vault by having a VillainousBreakdown and casting the Avada Kedavra not only the messenger, but everyone in the room (though this was also to [[HeKnowsTooMuch keep knowledge of the Horcrux secret]]).

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** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. Voldemort responds reacts to the news that Harry has stolen a Horcrux from a supposedly impregnable vault by having a VillainousBreakdown and casting the Avada Kedavra not only on the messenger, but everyone in the room (though this was also to [[HeKnowsTooMuch keep knowledge of the Horcrux secret]]).
16th Oct '16 2:39:32 PM MrThorfan64
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* This trope is also spoofed in the Rowan Atkinson comedy routine, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaQNuBHd6CY Pink Tights and Plenty of Props]]'' (from 2:10).

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* This trope is also spoofed in the Rowan Atkinson comedy routine, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaQNuBHd6CY Pink Tights and Plenty of Props]]'' (from 2:10). Particularly funny is the messenger delivering bad news which he thinks is good news.
10th Sep '16 10:41:09 AM Morgenthaler
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** Fratus Sinister and his corrupt cronies at the head of the order of the Knights of Justice shoot (with arrows) upwards of 20 imperial messengers one after the other. A variation in that they're shot ''before'' they even deliver the message, as Sinister want to keep plausible deniability as to why he didn't commit his forces to the absolutely ''massive'' battle taking place against the BigBad's [[spoiler:decoy]] forces (he wants to take over the Empire, see). This bites him in the ass later on, as the savvy emperor isn't fooled, and Fratus gets a humiliating demotion from the Empire's aristocratic pecking order.

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** Fratus Sinister and his corrupt cronies at the head of the order of the Knights of Justice shoot (with arrows) upwards of 20 imperial messengers one after the other. A variation in that they're shot ''before'' they even deliver the message, as Sinister want to keep plausible deniability as to why he didn't commit his forces to the absolutely ''massive'' battle taking place against the BigBad's [[spoiler:decoy]] forces (he (Fratus wants to take over the Empire, see). This bites him in the ass later on, as the savvy emperor isn't fooled, and Fratus gets a humiliating demotion from the Empire's aristocratic pecking order.
10th Sep '16 10:06:27 AM Steven
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** In VideoGame/Hitman2016 an unnamed antagonist shoots an unidentified businessman after he is given "the key".[[/folder]]

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** In VideoGame/Hitman2016 an unnamed antagonist shoots an unidentified businessman after he is given "the key".[[/folder]]
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