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20th Jan '17 11:02:18 PM modgethanc
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** In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Vader disarms Luke and has him at his mercy in the carbon-freezing chamber on Cloud City. He takes a swing at Luke, but doesn't really try to kill him because he wants Luke alive [[INeedYouStronger so he can become stronger]] and [[DragonWithAnAgenda help overthrow the Emperor.]] Instead he tries to herd Luke into the carbonite pit to turn him into a HumanPopsicle, but Luke [[InASingleBound jumps out of it]], retrieves his weapon and continues fighting.
20th Jan '17 10:57:58 PM modgethanc
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[[caption-width-right:350:Striking him down after cutting his hand off. [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim Following right in his footsteps, aren't you?]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Striking him down after and cutting his hand off. [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim Following right in his footsteps, aren't you?]]]]
20th Jan '17 10:56:08 PM modgethanc
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** In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' Luke defeats Darth Vader and is about to kill him until he is encouraged by Palpatine and [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim realizes what he is becoming]]. This convinces Luke to [[SheatheYourSword toss his lightsaber aside]] and show mercy, which ultimately causes Vader to return to the Light Side of the Force.
** In Film/RevengeOfTheSith Anakin [[IncrediblyLamePun disarms]] Count Dooku and [[StartOfDarkness actually goes through with it]] ([[ManipulativeBastard at Palpatine's encouragement]]), in a sort of [[CallForward point of divergence]] between [[InTheBlood Luke and Anakin's histories]].

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** In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke defeats Darth Vader and is about to kill him until he is encouraged by Palpatine and [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim realizes what he is becoming]]. This convinces Luke to [[SheatheYourSword toss his lightsaber aside]] and show mercy, which ultimately causes Vader to return to the Light Side of the Force.
** In Film/RevengeOfTheSith ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Anakin [[IncrediblyLamePun [[AnArmAndALeg disarms]] Count Dooku and [[StartOfDarkness actually goes through with it]] ([[ManipulativeBastard at Palpatine's encouragement]]), in a sort of [[CallForward point of divergence]] between [[InTheBlood Luke and Anakin's histories]].
20th Jan '17 10:55:20 PM modgethanc
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** Darth Vader pulled a literal SwordOverHead on Luke in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', disarming him and remarking, "All too easy." Luke evades him and retrieves his sword, continuing to fight.
** In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' Luke defeats Darth Vader and is about to kill him until he is encouraged by Palpatine and [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim realizes what he is becoming]]. This convinces Luke to [[SheatheYourSword toss his lightsaber aside]] and show mercy. In Film/RevengeOfTheSith Anakin [[IncrediblyLamePun disarms]] Count Dooku and [[StartOfDarkness actually goes through with it]] ([[ManipulativeBastard at Palpatine's encouragement]]), in a sort of [[CallForward point of divergence]] between [[InTheBlood Luke and Anakin's histories]].
* A variation in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dutch does this over the fallen title monster, but using a large rock instead of a sword. He relents after noticing the Predator coughing up (green glowing) blood, showing that he's no longer a threat.

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** Darth Vader pulled a literal SwordOverHead on Luke in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', disarming him and remarking, "All too easy." Luke evades him and retrieves his sword, continuing to fight.
** In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' Luke defeats Darth Vader and is about to kill him until he is encouraged by Palpatine and [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim realizes what he is becoming]]. This convinces Luke to [[SheatheYourSword toss his lightsaber aside]] and show mercy. mercy, which ultimately causes Vader to return to the Light Side of the Force.
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In Film/RevengeOfTheSith Anakin [[IncrediblyLamePun disarms]] Count Dooku and [[StartOfDarkness actually goes through with it]] ([[ManipulativeBastard at Palpatine's encouragement]]), in a sort of [[CallForward point of divergence]] between [[InTheBlood Luke and Anakin's histories]].
** Also in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', when Mace Windu attempts to arrest Palpatine after finding out he's the Sith Lord behind the Clone Wars, and has him disarmed and at swordpoint. Anakin shows up despite being warned not to get involved and pleads with Mace not to kill Palpatine while Mace himself mentally debates whether he should (which would be better for the galaxy, but goes against the Jedi's morals) or leave him alive, which would be morally right but extremely risky. There is plenty of DramaticIrony since Anakin found himself in the exact same situation before with Count Dooku, but did execute him even though he knew it was wrong.
* A variation in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dutch does this over the fallen title monster, but using a large rock instead of a sword. He relents after noticing the Predator [[BloodFromTheMouth coughing up (green glowing) blood, blood]], showing that he's no longer a threat.
11th Jan '17 9:06:10 PM QuinineGlow
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* In ''Film/Deadpool'', the titular hero has the big bad who tortured him nonstop to activate his mutant genes, ruined his body and kidnapped his girlfriend under a gun and helpless. Colossus attempts to intervene with a heartwarming speech about what it means to be a 'hero', encouraging Deadpool to relent in his anger and be the better man. [[spoiler: Deadpool, being Deadpool, responds by shooting the big bad in the face.]]
26th Dec '16 11:22:06 AM nombretomado
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-->-- ''FanFic/AvatarTheAbridgedSeries'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDomxo4Ut5U Episode 2]]

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-->-- ''FanFic/AvatarTheAbridgedSeries'' ''WebVideo/AvatarTheAbridgedSeries'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDomxo4Ut5U Episode 2]]
9th Dec '16 6:19:07 PM rmctagg09
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There's a DramaticPause as the goodie mentally debates whether to kill the baddie. In the end, however, they will throw the sword away and let the bad guy be captured by the authorities (unless, of course, they're an AntiHero).

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There's a DramaticPause as the goodie mentally debates whether to kill the baddie. In the end, however, they will throw the sword away and let the bad guy be captured by the authorities (unless, of course, they're an AntiHero).
AntiHero). Another variation has them throw the sword right next to the villain in a way that makes it clear that they could have killed them, but didn't.
27th Nov '16 2:43:56 PM nombretomado
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* The nature of this trope, particularly the alternate ending (namely, that killing in self-defense is acceptable, but killing in cold blood is not), is explored towards the end of the ''{{Narnia}}'' book ''TheHorseAndHisBoy''.
* Subverted in the novel ''[[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt The Silent Blade]]'' by RA Salvatore, Drizzt and a nearly suicidel Artemis Entreri have just finished a fight to the not-quite-death. Drizzt sheaths his sword and walks away, when Artemis charges him from behind. Drizzt gets his guard up, draws his blades, and stabs Artemis through the torso...but unbeknownst to either of them, a psionic barrier has been placed around Artemis' body by one of [[MagnificentBastard Jarlaxle's]] lieutenants, which channels the kinetic energy from Drizzt's strike into Entreri, who then uses it unconsciously to punch a hole barehanded through Drizzt's chest. [[spoiler:Unbeknownst to Entreri however, he gets better.]]

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* The nature of this trope, particularly the alternate ending (namely, that killing in self-defense is acceptable, but killing in cold blood is not), is explored towards the end of the ''{{Narnia}}'' ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]'' book ''TheHorseAndHisBoy''.
''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy''.
* Subverted in the novel ''[[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt The Silent Blade]]'' by RA Salvatore, Drizzt and a nearly suicidel suicidal Artemis Entreri have just finished a fight to the not-quite-death. Drizzt sheaths his sword and walks away, when Artemis charges him from behind. Drizzt gets his guard up, draws his blades, and stabs Artemis through the torso...but unbeknownst to either of them, a psionic barrier has been placed around Artemis' body by one of [[MagnificentBastard Jarlaxle's]] lieutenants, which channels the kinetic energy from Drizzt's strike into Entreri, who then uses it unconsciously to punch a hole barehanded through Drizzt's chest. [[spoiler:Unbeknownst to Entreri however, he gets better.]]
13th Nov '16 3:42:07 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Reboot}}'': After an intense showdown, Matrix has Megabyte in this situation but with a trident instead of a sword, Matrix says how Megabyte has ruined his life and brings the trident down... just an inch from his and then says: "Surprised? Don't be. You're not worth it. Mainframe will ''always'' endure. Remember this defeat, this humiliation! Remember that you can ''never'' win!
* In the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Double Date", Huntress prepares to shoot Stephen Mandragora, the thoroughly despicable mob boss who killed her parents in front of her at a young age, and seems perfectly willing to put a crossbow bolt through him... until [[spoiler:his son, Edgar, shows up behind him, and she finds she can't bring herself to inflict the same trauma on the boy.]]

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* ''{{Reboot}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}'': After an intense showdown, Matrix has Megabyte in this situation but with a trident instead of a sword, Matrix says how Megabyte has ruined his life and brings the trident down... just an inch from his and then says: "Surprised? Don't be. You're not worth it. Mainframe will ''always'' endure. Remember this defeat, this humiliation! Remember that you can ''never'' win!
* In the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Double Date", Huntress prepares to shoot Stephen Mandragora, the thoroughly despicable mob boss who killed her parents in front of her at a young age, and seems perfectly willing to put a crossbow bolt through him... until [[spoiler:his son, Edgar, shows up behind him, and she finds she can't bring herself to inflict the same trauma on the boy.]]
24th Sep '16 5:14:54 PM nombretomado
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* The ''DanVs'' episode "Dan Vs. Chris" culminates in an "Amok Time"-esque battle in the rain over a piece of sci-fi memorabilia, ending with Chris at the edge of a cliff, Dan apparently considering it... but a montage of memories seems to convince him otherwise. A minute later, spoofing the formula, Dan gives us the following dialogue:

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* The ''DanVs'' ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' episode "Dan Vs. Chris" culminates in an "Amok Time"-esque battle in the rain over a piece of sci-fi memorabilia, ending with Chris at the edge of a cliff, Dan apparently considering it... but a montage of memories seems to convince him otherwise. A minute later, spoofing the formula, Dan gives us the following dialogue:
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