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21st Jun '17 8:20:46 AM MrDeath
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* Many times on ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', given the fact that it's a show about the zombie apocalypse. A few notable examples: Andrea held her sister Amy's body until she rose again as a walker before stabbing her in the head. (Stabbing walkers in the head is the only way to stop brain activity and kill them.) In season 2, Hershel is unable to kill his zombified family members and instead keeps them in a barn. Shane goes and kills them all anyway.
** After the season 2 reveal that [[spoiler: the virus is in all of them and when they die, regardless of if they were bit or not, they will rise again as a walker]], it becomes standard procedure to stab their loved ones in the head whenever they die. One of the more disturbing examples is [[spoiler: Carl, a young teenage boy, stabbing his mother in the head after she dies in childbirth]].

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* Many times on ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', given the fact that it's a show about the zombie apocalypse. A few notable examples: Andrea held her sister Amy's body until she rose again as a walker before stabbing shooting her in the head. (Stabbing (Shooting or stabbing walkers in the head is the only way to stop brain activity and kill them.) In season 2, Hershel is unable to kill his zombified family members and instead keeps them in a barn. Shane goes and kills them all anyway.
** After the season 2 reveal that [[spoiler: the virus is in all of them and when they die, regardless of if they were bit or not, they will rise again as a walker]], it becomes standard procedure to stab or shoot their loved ones in the head whenever they die. One of the more disturbing examples is [[spoiler: Carl, a young teenage boy, stabbing shooting his mother in the head after she dies in childbirth]].
10th May '17 8:02:31 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* In Marvel's ''Comicbook/TheTombOfDracula'', Drac is clockwork predictable with this trope. Virtually no one outside the 'Bridge Crew' was taken prisoner without being turned.c

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* In Marvel's ''Comicbook/TheTombOfDracula'', Drac is clockwork predictable with this trope. Virtually no one outside the 'Bridge Crew' was taken prisoner without being turned.c


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* Defied in ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'', where the team flat out rejected this as an option after ComicBook/{{Jubilee}} was turned, although Blade tried to convince them there wasn't any other. She seems to be handling herself okay since then.
30th Apr '17 1:39:36 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul [=:Re=]'': [[spoiler: After encountering his NotSoDead [[DeadSidekick Sidekick]] as a deranged [[HalfHumanHybrid half-ghoul]], Houji makes the difficult decision to attempt to put down his former subordinate himself. It......does ''not'' end well, with Takizawa slaughtering the entire squad in a rage. He kills Houji via decapitation, before strangling [[ImpliedLoveInterest Akira]] while demanding to know why they would try to kill him when he just wanted to help them]].

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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul [=:Re=]'': [[spoiler: After encountering his NotSoDead NotQuiteDead [[DeadSidekick Sidekick]] as a deranged [[HalfHumanHybrid half-ghoul]], Houji makes the difficult decision to attempt to put down his former subordinate himself. It......does ''not'' end well, with Takizawa slaughtering the entire squad in a rage. He kills Houji via decapitation, before strangling [[ImpliedLoveInterest Akira]] while demanding to know why they would try to kill him when he just wanted to help them]].
18th Mar '17 1:09:34 AM SLOOGOVS
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* In ''{{Hellsing}}'', [[LadyOfWar Integra]] is instructed to put down her subordinates-turned-ghouls herself, since she was their leader and thus their being defeated and transformed is her responsibility.
* In an inversion, ''RosarioToVampire'' has the vampiric Moka nearly beating [[spoiler: the human Tsukune]] to death because he had become a ghoul that was dangerous to everyone around him. She considered it her responsibility to finish him because she was the one who caused the transformation.

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* In ''{{Hellsing}}'', ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', [[LadyOfWar Integra]] is instructed to put down her subordinates-turned-ghouls herself, since she was their leader and thus their being defeated and transformed is her responsibility.
* In an inversion, ''RosarioToVampire'' ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has the vampiric Moka nearly beating [[spoiler: the human Tsukune]] to death because he had become a ghoul that was dangerous to everyone around him. She considered it her responsibility to finish him because she was the one who caused the transformation.



* In Literature/{{Baltimore}}, or the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, Baltimore has to do this [[spoiler: not only to his wife, but his father, mother, and sister as well.]]

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* In Literature/{{Baltimore}}, ''Literature/{{Baltimore}}'', or the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, Baltimore has to do this [[spoiler: not only to his wife, but his father, mother, and sister as well.]]



* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', "Literature/{{Changes}}", [[spoiler: Harry is forced to kill his vampire girlfriend Susan when she turns fully. The situation was further complicated in that the Red Court vampires that sired Susan were about to kill their daughter to activate a spell that would kill her family line, and by killing Susan, Harry could use the spell against the villains, destroying all members of the Red Court.]]

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', "Literature/{{Changes}}", ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', [[spoiler: Harry is forced to kill his vampire girlfriend Susan when she turns fully. The situation was further complicated in that the Red Court vampires that sired Susan were about to kill their daughter to activate a spell that would kill her family line, and by killing Susan, Harry could use the spell against the villains, destroying all members of the Red Court.]]



* In the ''MagicTheGathering'' novel ''Nemesis'', Eladamri kills the Phyrexian Belbe, who was created from the corpse of Eladamri's daughter. Overlaps with VanHelsingHateCrime in that Belbe had already gone through a HeelFaceTurn and was actively sabotaging the Phyrexians' plans. NiceJobBreakingItHero.

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* In the ''MagicTheGathering'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novel ''Nemesis'', Eladamri kills the Phyrexian Belbe, who was created from the corpse of Eladamri's daughter. Overlaps with VanHelsingHateCrime in that Belbe had already gone through a HeelFaceTurn and was actively sabotaging the Phyrexians' plans. NiceJobBreakingItHero.



* [[spoiler:Akiha]] makes you promise this in ''{{Tsukihime}}'' when her demon blood is taking over. [[spoiler:Averted in the True End, though, when you TakeAThirdOption by returning your life force to her. The Normal End is actually ''worse'' than if you had killed her.]] Also barely averted in Kohaku's route with [[spoiler:Akiha again.]] Not [[DemotedToExtra Satsuki]] though. She was just a classmate, so Shiki is just upset he had to kill someone at all.

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* [[spoiler:Akiha]] makes you promise this in ''{{Tsukihime}}'' ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' when her demon blood is taking over. [[spoiler:Averted in the True End, though, when you TakeAThirdOption by returning your life force to her. The Normal End is actually ''worse'' than if you had killed her.]] Also barely averted in Kohaku's route with [[spoiler:Akiha again.]] Not [[DemotedToExtra Satsuki]] though. She was just a classmate, so Shiki is just upset he had to kill someone at all.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Starcarft}}:Brood Wars'' Zeratul is forced to slay [[spoiler: his Matriach Razhagal]] after it turns out [[spoiler: she was enslaved by Kerrigan]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Starcarft}}:Brood ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}:Brood Wars'' Zeratul is forced to slay [[spoiler: his Matriach Razhagal]] after it turns out [[spoiler: she was enslaved by Kerrigan]].



* In the ''PennyArcade'' [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/7/21/ three]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/07/28/ part]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/07/30/ story]], the Cardboard-Tube Samurai is forced to kill an old ally who has been possessed by a cursed sword.

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* In the ''PennyArcade'' ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/7/21/ three]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/07/28/ part]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/07/30/ story]], the Cardboard-Tube Samurai is forced to kill an old ally who has been possessed by a cursed sword.
17th Feb '17 10:42:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting, Dr. Rudolph Van Richten dedicated his life to [[TheHunter hunting vampires]] after his son fell victim to one. But while he slew the monster that was responsible, he was forced to MercyKill his own son first -- who had been transformed into an undead creature himself.

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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting, Dr. Rudolph Van Richten dedicated his life to [[TheHunter [[VampireHunter hunting vampires]] after his son fell victim to one. But while he slew the monster that was responsible, he was forced to MercyKill his own son first -- who had been transformed into an undead creature himself.
1st Feb '17 5:26:09 AM SolidSonicTH
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** Choose the bad ending in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' [[spoiler:(save Zoe, not Mia, which results in you having to fight Mia)]] and this is what Ethan is forced to do.
12th Dec '16 7:20:47 PM Katsuhagi
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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia]] both [[spoiler: Kratos]] and [[spoiler: Regal]] were forced to MercyKill their lovers when they were mutated by Exspheres.

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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia]] ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' both [[spoiler: Kratos]] and [[spoiler: Regal]] were forced to MercyKill their lovers when they were mutated by Exspheres.
12th Dec '16 7:20:29 PM Katsuhagi
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* Both [[spoiler: Kratos]] and [[spoiler: Regal]] were forced to MercyKill their lovers when they were mutated by Exspheres.

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* Both In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia]] both [[spoiler: Kratos]] and [[spoiler: Regal]] were forced to MercyKill their lovers when they were mutated by Exspheres.
28th Oct '16 2:24:42 PM nombretomado
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* Played with in ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'' when [[CuteMonsterGirl Sveta]] realizes that activating the [[WaveMotionGun Apollo Lens]] required to end the Grave Eclipse will [[spoiler: kill her brother, who was [[BalefulPolymorph transformed into a monster of darkness]]]] by the games main antagonists. Made worse by the fact that [[BecauseDestinySaysSo she is the only one who can do it.]]

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* Played with in ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'' ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' when [[CuteMonsterGirl Sveta]] realizes that activating the [[WaveMotionGun Apollo Lens]] required to end the Grave Eclipse will [[spoiler: kill her brother, who was [[BalefulPolymorph transformed into a monster of darkness]]]] by the games main antagonists. Made worse by the fact that [[BecauseDestinySaysSo she is the only one who can do it.]]
12th Oct '16 12:53:35 PM TheNerevarine
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* In the tie-in comic ''Literature/TheStrain: Mister Quinlan - Vampire Hunter'' detailing the backstory of Mr. Quinlan, he was part of a slave ludus during the Roman Empire. When [[BigBad the Master]] arrives and turns all other slaves except [[BlackBestFriend Bruk]] into vampires, forcing Quinlan and Bruk to fight their way out against their former friends. Bruk is infected during the struggle and request his friend to decapitate him before he can become a monster himself.
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