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18th Jan '17 5:59:39 PM Dimensio
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* In the first few minutes of the pilot of ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'', a character just introduced to LaResistance is given a mission to transport a shipment to a neutral zone. Just as he is about to leave, Nazi troops storm the facility. At one point, the aforementioned character -- who was considered a possible Nazi spy by the Resistance leader -- points a gun the leader's way and... shoots one of the soldiers rushing toward them. [[spoiler: This keeps his cover intact]].
30th Dec '16 8:21:50 AM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' has [[TwoferTokenMinority Conway Stern]] use ''and'' subvert this trope within two minutes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' has [[TwoferTokenMinority Conway Stern]] use ''and'' subvert this trope within two minutes.Stern finally gain Archer's trust by pulling a gun on him, but shooting someone behind him. Then they share a ManHug.
-->''(stabbing sound)''\\
'''Archer:''' Conway?\\
'''Conway:''' Yeah, buddy?\\
'''Archer:''' Are there more bad guys behind me?\\
'''Conway:''' [[SubvertedTrope Nope.]]
15th Dec '16 10:11:29 PM foxley
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* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "The Murder Channel" one of Jessica's friends has been kidnapped and is lying BoundAndGagged in the back of the kidnappers' van. One of the kidnappers advances menacingly, takes out a switchblade and flicks the blade out. She then uses the knife to the victim's bods and release her.
13th Nov '16 6:49:06 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'', Beau is suspected by Velma to be somehow involved in the onset of the zombies. At one point, Beau lifts up a large rock and appears ready to chuck it at her, but he instead throws it further out to show Velma that she was about to walk into quicksand. Velma's suspicions are somewhat mitigated.



* The TropeNamer is ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dillon has been annoying the rest of the team for the entire mission so far, including demonstrating dangerous incompetence. In a lull in the jungle action, Mac gestures to him to come close and turn around. Dillon does, and Mac's combat knife takes careful aim at the base of Dillon's neck. There's a stab. Dillon jumps and sticks his pistol in Mac's face-and Mac displays the scorpion he had just picked off Dillon's back, now impaled on the knife.

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* The TropeNamer is ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dillon has been annoying the rest of the team for the entire mission so far, including demonstrating dangerous incompetence.incompetence, as well as recently reveal that he set them up on what they believed to be a rescue mission. In a lull in the jungle action, Mac gestures to him to come close and turn around. Dillon does, and Mac's combat knife takes careful aim at the base of Dillon's neck. There's a stab. Dillon jumps and sticks his pistol in Mac's face-and Mac displays the scorpion he had just picked off Dillon's back, now impaled on the knife.



-->(''as he turns around, A shadow of [[spoiler: Judge Doom]] with a gun appears on the wall'')

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-->(''as he turns around, A shadow of [[spoiler: Judge [[spoiler:Judge Doom]] with a gun appears on the wall'')






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* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'', Beau is suspected by Velma to be somehow involved in the onset of the zombies. At one point, Beau lifts up a large rock and appears ready to chuck it at her, but he instead throws it further out to show Velma that she was about to walk into quicksand. Velma's suspicions are somewhat mitigated.


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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ducktales}}'', when Scrooge is in the Australian outback with a ranch hand of his sheep ranch, he suspects that he might be involved in the mysterious willie-wisps that are attacking his flock. Right before a commercial break, the rancher chucks his boomerang right at Scrooge when he's not looking. Then when the break ends, it's revealed that he was actually stopping the cobra that was about to attack Scrooge.
3rd Nov '16 1:35:06 AM PaulA
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* In a Creator/SarahDessen novel ''Just Listen'', Annabel gets into a car with Owen, who has a reputation for anger management issues. He takes out a hammer and she starts imagining headlines of her murder when he carefully buckles her in--the passenger seat's seat belt is broken.

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* In a Creator/SarahDessen novel ''Just Listen'', ''Literature/JustListen'', Annabel gets into a car with Owen, who has a reputation for anger management issues. He takes out a hammer and she starts imagining headlines of her murder when he carefully buckles her in--the passenger seat's seat belt is broken.
2nd Sep '16 4:00:35 AM erforce
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* ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters: Future Perfect'' plays with this. In the second Haunted Mansion level, after the mine cart sequence, a future version of Cortez charges toward your version of Cortez, wielding an oversized gun. He fires a beam of red energy behind "your" shoulder. Turns out there was a ghost behind you, and Future!Cortez has a "ghost gun" that can get rid of them.

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* ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters: Future Perfect'' ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'' plays with this. In the second Haunted Mansion level, after the mine cart sequence, a future version of Cortez charges toward your version of Cortez, wielding an oversized gun. He fires a beam of red energy behind "your" shoulder. Turns out there was a ghost behind you, and Future!Cortez has a "ghost gun" that can get rid of them.
16th May '16 6:20:14 AM Piando
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* In ''{{Deryni}} Rising'' Morgan kills a Stenrect crawler that was inches from Kelson's hand. A lady-in-waiting sees him draw and use his sword, but not the creature; she screams, guards come, and Morgan's [[HeroWithBadPublicity reputation]] is invoked.

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* In ''{{Deryni}} ''Literature/{{Deryni}} Rising'' Morgan kills a Stenrect crawler that was inches from Kelson's hand. A lady-in-waiting sees him draw and use his sword, but not the creature; she screams, guards come, and Morgan's [[HeroWithBadPublicity reputation]] is invoked.



* Seriously, almost every time anyone does ''anything'' in ''HarpersIsland'' it seems to be following this trope. That's what you get when you have 22 characters and every single one of them is a murder suspect.

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* Seriously, almost every time anyone does ''anything'' in ''HarpersIsland'' ''Series/HarpersIsland'' it seems to be following this trope. That's what you get when you have 22 characters and every single one of them is a murder suspect.



* Smoke of ''{{Bunnykill}} 3'' does this with Snowball, killing a bunny mook that was sneaking up behind him, before the two join forces.
* WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}: In "Heroes and Monsters", Qrow unveils his full scythe and charges at Ironwood, who is initially shocked but then stands guard as he thinks Qrow is about to attack him. As he jumps into the air, Qrow flies right past Ironwood and bisects the Griffon lunging towards him.

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* Smoke of ''{{Bunnykill}} ''WebAnimation/{{Bunnykill}} 3'' does this with Snowball, killing a bunny mook that was sneaking up behind him, before the two join forces.
* WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}: ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': In "Heroes and Monsters", Qrow unveils his full scythe and charges at Ironwood, who is initially shocked but then stands guard as he thinks Qrow is about to attack him. As he jumps into the air, Qrow flies right past Ironwood and bisects the Griffon lunging towards him.
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* In ''TrintonChronicles'', Aurora performs this act in the first scene of her meeting Sara. While in the ice maze Sara is walking by herself after leaving another group of people in a huff. She runs into Aurora, who promptly throws a knife at Sara's head. The knife misses by a few centimeters and it turns out Aurora saved her from some BigCreepyCrawlies that had been poised for an attack on her.

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* In ''TrintonChronicles'', ''Literature/TrintonChronicles'', Aurora performs this act in the first scene of her meeting Sara. While in the ice maze Sara is walking by herself after leaving another group of people in a huff. She runs into Aurora, who promptly throws a knife at Sara's head. The knife misses by a few centimeters and it turns out Aurora saved her from some BigCreepyCrawlies that had been poised for an attack on her.



* In ''ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'', Beau is suspected by Velma to be somehow involved in the onset of the zombies. At one point, Beau lifts up a large rock and appears ready to chuck it at her, but he instead throws it further out to show Velma that she was about to walk into quicksand. Velma's suspicions are somewhat mitigated.

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* In ''ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'', ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'', Beau is suspected by Velma to be somehow involved in the onset of the zombies. At one point, Beau lifts up a large rock and appears ready to chuck it at her, but he instead throws it further out to show Velma that she was about to walk into quicksand. Velma's suspicions are somewhat mitigated.
16th May '16 6:15:28 AM Piando
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* WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}: In "Heroes and Monsters", Qrow unveils his full scythe and charges at Ironwood, who is initially shocked but then stands guard as he thinks Qrow is about to attack him. As he jumps into the air, Qrow flies right past Ironwood and bisects the Griffon lunging towards him.
15th May '16 8:06:55 PM Elan
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* In the 1997 {{SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool}}/{{Comicbook/Daredevil}} Annual, the two reluctantly team up to take down SerialKiller Typhoid Mary. During a brawl with hired mob muscle, Deadpool concludes out loud that he'd quite like to kill DD himself and throws a knife...right into a huge henchman who was about to cut Daredevil in two.
8th May '16 4:24:20 PM R.G.
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* In an episode of ''Franchise/VoltronDefenderOfTheUniverse'', the Voltron Force frees a slave and meets up with the woman who leads the rebellion against the BigBad on some DeathWorld where the population is being forced to mine a dangerous substance through slave labor. The slave knows the layout of the enemy base, but he initially refuses to help and reveals he was a traitor and a soldier for the bad guys. The rebel leader draws her laser pistol and tells him not to move, and he tells her to go ahead and kill him. She then fires - and kills the roughly two foot scorpion on the wall behind him. She then delivers the obligatory PatrickStewartSpeech.

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* In an episode of ''Franchise/VoltronDefenderOfTheUniverse'', ''[[Anime/{{Voltron}} Voltron Defender of the Universe]]'', the Voltron Force frees a slave and meets up with the woman who leads the rebellion against the BigBad on some DeathWorld where the population is being forced to mine a dangerous substance through slave labor. The slave knows the layout of the enemy base, but he initially refuses to help and reveals he was a traitor and a soldier for the bad guys. The rebel leader draws her laser pistol and tells him not to move, and he tells her to go ahead and kill him. She then fires - and kills the roughly two foot scorpion on the wall behind him. She then delivers the obligatory PatrickStewartSpeech.
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