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6th Jul '16 5:37:12 PM shawn_allen
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* In ''Film/AirForceOne'', as he is wearing one parachutes and tossing the rest out of the plane, Gary Oldman's character gloats that either way (live or die) he wins since the BiggerBad General is being released at the same time.
3rd Jul '16 9:39:21 PM JackG
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* ''Film/MurphysWar'' (1971). The title character's RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the U-boat is due to the Germans machine-gunning his crewmates; Murphy being the SoleSurvivor.

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* ''Film/MurphysWar'' ''Murphy's War'' (1971). The title character's RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the U-boat is due to the Germans machine-gunning his crewmates; Murphy being the SoleSurvivor.
3rd Jul '16 9:38:25 PM JackG
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* Defied in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Changing Face of Evil," in which the female Founder orders Weyoun NOT to destroy a swarm of escape pods. Her reasoning is that the frightened troops will return home and spread their fear, thereby demoralizing the enemies of the [[TheEmpire Dominion]]. This is the exception, though; in "Valiant", for example, the Dominion shoot down the titular ship's escape pods moments after launch (but conveniently miss the main characters).

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* Defied in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Changing Face of Evil," in which the female Founder orders Weyoun NOT to destroy a swarm of escape pods. Her reasoning is that the [[SpareAMessenger frightened troops will return home and spread their fear, fear]], thereby demoralizing the enemies of the [[TheEmpire Dominion]]. This is the exception, though; in "Valiant", for example, the Dominion shoot down the titular ship's escape pods moments after launch (but conveniently miss the main characters).



** If you watch this scene, they do appear to be deliberately firing at the escape pods, which are well clear of the vessel when hit. The last pod to leave, however, is shielded by the explosion of the Valiant.

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** [[FreezeFrameBonus If you watch this scene, scene]], they do appear to be deliberately firing at the escape pods, which are well clear of the vessel when hit. The last pod to leave, however, is shielded by the explosion of the Valiant.
8th Jun '16 9:04:43 AM Kafkesque
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* ''[[Videogame/MechWarrior Mechwarrior 4: Vengeance]]'' uses a minor example of this trope to establish TheDragon as a [[KickTheDog complete bastard]]. He blows up [[spoiler: your uncle and [[MentorOccupationalHazard mentor's]]]] Mech and then snipes the ejection seat as it ejects.
25th May '16 9:51:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'', enemy AcePilot known by the Marines as Chiggy [[RedBaron von Richtofen]] was known to LeaveNoSurvivors, ultimately culminating in him shooting down the escape pod of a Wildcards MauveShirt, [[spoiler:which incidentally inspired the semi-RetiredBadass [[ColonelBadass Colonel TC McQueen]] to get off of the carrier and back into the cockpit solely to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kill Chiggy]]]].

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* In ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'', enemy AcePilot known by the Marines as Chiggy [[RedBaron von Richtofen]] was known to LeaveNoSurvivors, ultimately culminating in him shooting down the escape pod of a Wildcards MauveShirt, [[spoiler:which incidentally inspired the semi-RetiredBadass [[ColonelBadass Colonel TC McQueen]] to get off of the carrier and back into the cockpit solely to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kill Chiggy]]]].Chiggy]].
25th May '16 9:51:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* Averted in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Changing Face of Evil," in which the female Founder orders Weyoun NOT to destroy a swarm of escape pods. Her reasoning is that the frightened troops will return home and spread their fear, thereby demoralizing the enemies of the [[TheEmpire Dominion]]. This is the exception, though; in "Valiant", for example, the Dominion shoot down the titular ship's escape pods moments after launch (but conveniently miss the main characters).

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* Averted Defied in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Changing Face of Evil," in which the female Founder orders Weyoun NOT to destroy a swarm of escape pods. Her reasoning is that the frightened troops will return home and spread their fear, thereby demoralizing the enemies of the [[TheEmpire Dominion]]. This is the exception, though; in "Valiant", for example, the Dominion shoot down the titular ship's escape pods moments after launch (but conveniently miss the main characters).



* In the Season 10 opener of ''Series/StargateSG1'', the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Ori]] actually avert this trope, to the surprise of the protagonists, leaving the non-functional wrecks of the Allied fleet intact. While discussing why, the protagonists decide that it's because this is a crusade, and the Ori want to leave survivors who will go back and tell their homeworlds about how scary and powerful the Ori are.

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* In the Season 10 opener of ''Series/StargateSG1'', the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Ori]] actually avert defy this trope, to the surprise of the protagonists, leaving the non-functional wrecks of the Allied fleet intact. While discussing why, the protagonists decide that it's because this is a crusade, and the Ori want to leave survivors who will go back and tell their homeworlds about how scary and powerful the Ori are.
15th May '16 3:15:41 AM EDP
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* In ''FanFic/OrderInChaos'' the commander of a Centauri picket gives this order about the life pods of the Orieni explorer ''Farthest Horizon''. [[{{Justified}} This has a very good reason]]: a ship from the ''Farthest Horizon''[='=]s escort had previously landed on Na'ka'leen to try and find out why the Centauri had not colonized the very rich planet, [[HorriblyGoneRight and had found out when a Feeder got on the escort and proceeded to infect the whole squadron]] with other Feeders, [[NightmareFuel mind-eating creatures that creeps around in total silence, with any survivor of an encounter with them possibly having been infected and carrying a developing Feeder around]]... [[OhCrap And they had told the Centauri when they tried to surrender]]. Simply put, the Centauri knew that allowing even a single Feeder to land on an inhabitated planet (such as the very close ''Centauri Prime'') would cause a galactic-scale threat, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo so they took the necessary steps to prevent it]]: [[ShootTheDog destroy the ship and most life pods, check the few survivors for infection and kill any infected, interrogate the rest to find out the numbers of the escort ships, and hunt down those too]].

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* In ''FanFic/OrderInChaos'' the commander of a Centauri picket gives this order about the life pods of the Orieni explorer ''Farthest Horizon''. [[{{Justified}} This has a very good reason]]: a ship from the ''Farthest Horizon''[='=]s escort had previously landed on Na'ka'leen to try and find out why the Centauri had not colonized the very rich planet, [[HorriblyGoneRight [[GoneHorriblyRight and had found out when a Feeder got on the escort and proceeded to infect the whole squadron]] with other Feeders, [[NightmareFuel mind-eating creatures that creeps around in total silence, with any survivor of an encounter with them possibly having been infected and carrying a developing Feeder around]]... [[OhCrap And they had told the Centauri when they tried to surrender]]. Simply put, the Centauri knew that allowing even a single Feeder to land on an inhabitated planet (such as the very close ''Centauri Prime'') would cause a galactic-scale threat, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo so they took the necessary steps to prevent it]]: [[ShootTheDog destroy the ship and most life pods, check the few survivors for infection and kill any infected, interrogate the rest to find out the numbers of the escort ships, and hunt down those too]].
15th May '16 3:14:58 AM EDP
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* In ''FanFic/OrderInChaos'' the commander of a Centauri picket gives this order about the life pods of the Orieni explorer ''Farthest Horizon''. [[{{Justified}} This has a very good reason]]: a ship from the ''Farthest Horizon''[='=]s escort had previously landed on Na'ka'leen to try and find out why the Centauri had not colonized the very rich planet, [[HorriblyGoneRight and had found out when a Feeder got on the escort and proceeded to infect the whole squadron]] with other Feeders, [[NightmareFuel mind-eating creatures that creeps around in total silence, with any survivor of an encounter with them possibly having been infected and carrying a developing Feeder around]]... [[OhCrap And they had told the Centauri when they tried to surrender]]. Simply put, the Centauri knew that allowing even a single Feeder to land on an inhabitated planet (such as the very close ''Centauri Prime'') would cause a galactic-scale threat, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo so they took the necessary steps to prevent it]]: [[ShootTheDog destroy the ship and most life pods, check the few survivors for infection and kill any infected, interrogate the rest to find out the numbers of the escort ships, and hunt down those too]].
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16th Apr '16 9:53:39 AM Alceister
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* A common response when seeing an enemy crew escape from a disabled vehicle is to simply gun them all down, even if they are unarmed or surrendering.

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* A common response when seeing an enemy crew escape from a disabled armored vehicle is to simply gun them all down, even if they are unarmed or surrendering.
15th Apr '16 2:38:32 AM Alceister
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** Ironically, while the Doenitz refused to issue these orders, the Germans actually managed to convince the Japanese sixth fleet to issue explicit orders to massacre survivors of sunken merchant ships. Most of their Captains simply ignored these orders, most of the few who didn't only complied once, and the orders were soon rescinded because they proved very bad for morale. Most Japanese submariners simply didn't want to massacre civilians.

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** Ironically, while the Doenitz refused to issue these orders, the Germans actually managed to convince the Japanese sixth fleet to issue explicit orders to massacre survivors of sunken merchant ships. Most of their Captains simply ignored these orders, most of the few who didn't only complied once, and the orders were soon rescinded because they proved very bad for morale. Most Japanese submariners simply didn't want to massacre civilians.



* A common response when seeing an enemy crew escape from a disabled vehicle is to simply gun them all down, even if they are unarmed or surrendering.



* A variation: During the Age of WoodenShipsAndIronMen, and to an extent still today, it was considered ''extremely'' poor form to capture or detain people who had gone to sea to save lives, such as local lifeboatmen or warships that assisted stranded enemies only to find themselves stranded or surrounded by reinforcements. After the Action of 13 January 1797, where two British frigates forced the French 74-gun ''Droits de l'Homme'' onto a sandbar, British prisoners from a previous engagement onboard the ''Homme'' were freed and helped heroically to rescue the trapped crew. They were among the 140 survivors of the ship's 1300 strong crew and embarked soldiery, and they were all immediately returned to Britain in recognition of their help.

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* A variation: During the Age of WoodenShipsAndIronMen, and to an extent still today, it was considered ''extremely'' poor form to capture or detain people who had gone to sea to save lives, such as local lifeboatmen or warships that assisted stranded enemies only to find themselves stranded or surrounded by reinforcements. After the Action of 13 January 1797, where two British frigates forced the French 74-gun ''Droits de l'Homme'' onto a sandbar, British prisoners from a previous engagement onboard the ''Homme'' were freed and helped heroically to rescue the trapped crew. They were among the 140 survivors of the ship's 1300 strong crew and embarked soldiery, and they were all immediately returned to Britain in recognition of for their help.
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