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16th Oct '17 5:21:49 PM FordPrefect
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** 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.

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** 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 Palpatine, while Mace himself mentally debates whether he should kill him (which would be better for the galaxy, galaxy but goes against the Jedi's morals) or leave him alive, which alive (which would be morally right but extremely risky.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.



** Also in the episode The Doctor's Daughter, [[spoiler:After the nearly happy ending, the baddie kills the Doctor's daughter (clone) out of spite. The Doctor takes his gun and points it at his head, breathing fast and heavy for several seconds before throwing it away and saying 'I never would', finally encouraging those around him to forge their society on the principles of the man who 'never would'. It should be noted his daughter came back to life, though she didn't regenerate...]] Having two hearts sure comes in handy.

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** Also in the episode The "The Doctor's Daughter, Daughter", [[spoiler:After the nearly happy ending, the baddie kills the Doctor's daughter (clone) out of spite. The Doctor takes his gun and points it at his head, breathing fast and heavy for several seconds before throwing it away and saying 'I never would', finally encouraging those around him to forge their society on the principles of the man who 'never would'. It should be noted his daughter came back to life, though she didn't regenerate...]] Having two hearts sure comes in handy.
23rd Aug '17 11:49:50 PM azul120
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* In episode 13 of ''Anime/CrossAnge'', Ange, from inside her Vilkiss, has her energy sword hanging over [[CainAndAbel her traitorous brother Julio]] who was responsible for ruining her life by exposing her as a Norma resulting in the loss of her rights and being conscripted into serving as CannonFodder, having their parents killed to take over the throne, and [[FinalSolution have her and the rest of the Norma killed]]. Even though Julio has complied with Ange's demand to stop the massacre, Ange has decided he is not worth sparing, and [[PayEvilUntoEvil slashes in his general direction]]... [[ThwartedCoupDeGrace only to be stopped by Embryo]], who [[KillSteal does the deed instead]] so [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim she wouldn't taint herself]], [[BaitTheDog or so he says]].
10th Aug '17 7:37:01 AM nighttrainfm
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* A season three episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' features a ''shovel''-over-head moment. Lex Luthor and Superboy are trapped in a cave-in, and Luthor starts attacking Superboy with chunks of Kryptonite over Superboy's protests that they could ''both'' die. It ends with Superboy standing over Luthor, poised to kill him, and Luthor outright eggs on him as hammily as possible.

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* A season three episode of The ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' episode "Mine Games" features a ''shovel''-over-head moment. Lex Luthor and Superboy are trapped in a cave-in, mine, and Luthor starts attacking Superboy with chunks of Kryptonite over Superboy's protests that they could ''both'' die. It ends with Superboy standing over Luthor, poised to kill him, and Luthor outright eggs on him as hammily as possible.
10th Aug '17 7:35:17 AM nighttrainfm
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* A season three episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' features a ''shovel''-over-head moment. Lex Luthor and Superboy are trapped in a cave-in, with Luthor attacking Superboy with chunks of Kryptonite over Superboy's protests that they could ''both'' die. It ends with Superboy standing over Luthor, poised to kill him, and Luthor outright eggs on him as hammily as possible.

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* A season three episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' features a ''shovel''-over-head moment. Lex Luthor and Superboy are trapped in a cave-in, with and Luthor starts attacking Superboy with chunks of Kryptonite over Superboy's protests that they could ''both'' die. It ends with Superboy standing over Luthor, poised to kill him, and Luthor outright eggs on him as hammily as possible.
10th Aug '17 7:34:53 AM nighttrainfm
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* A season three episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' features a ''shovel''-over-head moment. Lex Luthor and Superboy are trapped in a cave-in, with Luthor attacking Superboy with chunks of Kryptonite over Superboy's protests that they could ''both'' die. It ends with Superboy standing over Luthor, poised to kill him, and Luthor outright eggs on him as hammily as possible.
-->'''Luthor:''' Go on! Kill me! Kill me! If you don't kill me, I'll kill ''you'', you stupid, spineless simp! '''[[ChewingTheScenery MURDER MEEEE!]]'''
31st Jul '17 12:41:20 PM xcountryguy
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* Happens a lot with Vash in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', especially once the Gung Ho Guns show up. [[spoiler: He is ultimately forced to go through with it and kill TheDragon Legato Bluesummers.]]

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* Happens a lot with Vash in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', especially once the Gung Ho Guns show up. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He is ultimately forced to go through with it and kill TheDragon Legato Bluesummers.]]



* Subverted in ''Manga/RaveMaster'' when [[spoiler: Haru the sword over Shuda's head, drops it, and then Shuda picks it right back up, drops AnAesop, then [[RedemptionEqualsDeath falls to his death.]] Only, not quite his death.]]

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* Subverted in ''Manga/RaveMaster'' when [[spoiler: Haru [[spoiler:Haru the sword over Shuda's head, drops it, and then Shuda picks it right back up, drops AnAesop, then [[RedemptionEqualsDeath falls to his death.]] Only, not quite his death.]]



* Played almost perfectly straight in VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry, during the climactic duel between [[spoiler: Keiichi and Rena]], when [[spoiler:Rena]] is holding her [[spoiler: hatchet]] over her head.
* In ''Manga/AliveTheFinalEvolution'', Taisuke spends the whole of the series coming to terms with the fact that his best friend (Hirose) is not only capable of murder, but a mass murderer with no sense of guilt. Cue the final showdown between the two of them, when Taisuke overpowers Hirose and has him in a chokehold. Taisuke ends up [[spoiler: trying to kill him twice before breaking down and letting go. This turns out to be the right decision however, as it's only with Hirose's power that they manage to destroy the incoming Nuke.]]

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* Played almost perfectly straight in VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry, during the climactic duel between [[spoiler: Keiichi [[spoiler:Keiichi and Rena]], when [[spoiler:Rena]] is holding her [[spoiler: hatchet]] [[spoiler:hatchet]] over her head.
* In ''Manga/AliveTheFinalEvolution'', Taisuke spends the whole of the series coming to terms with the fact that his best friend (Hirose) is not only capable of murder, but a mass murderer with no sense of guilt. Cue the final showdown between the two of them, when Taisuke overpowers Hirose and has him in a chokehold. Taisuke ends up [[spoiler: trying [[spoiler:trying to kill him twice before breaking down and letting go. This turns out to be the right decision however, as it's only with Hirose's power that they manage to destroy the incoming Nuke.]]



* In a non-canon ''Film/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}'' comic, a NotQuiteDead Darth Maul tracks Obi-Wan Kenobi down to Tatooine and engages in a short but vicious fight with him that ends with Obi-Wan's deactivated lightsaber against Maul's forehead. Thumb hovering over the activation stud, Obi-Wan wavers indecisively until [[spoiler: a badly injured and pissed off Owen Lars blows Maul's head off]].

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* In a non-canon ''Film/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}'' comic, a NotQuiteDead Darth Maul tracks Obi-Wan Kenobi down to Tatooine and engages in a short but vicious fight with him that ends with Obi-Wan's deactivated lightsaber against Maul's forehead. Thumb hovering over the activation stud, Obi-Wan wavers indecisively until [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a badly injured and pissed off Owen Lars blows Maul's head off]].



* 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.]]

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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, [[spoiler:Deadpool, being Deadpool, responds by shooting the big bad in the face.]]



* ''Film/{{Fearless 2006}}'' : The unarmed variation. Jet Li's character Huo Yuanjia knows a DangerousForbiddenTechnique that causes his opponent's heart to explode. He himself is dying from poison and the only way he can win the match is to use it. [[spoiler: Right before he dies, he shows his opponent that he could pull it off, but chooses not to, having gone through a movie's worth of CharacterDevelopment to realize that pride, even for one's own nation, is not worth murdering somebody over.]]

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* ''Film/{{Fearless 2006}}'' : The unarmed variation. Jet Li's character Huo Yuanjia knows a DangerousForbiddenTechnique that causes his opponent's heart to explode. He himself is dying from poison and the only way he can win the match is to use it. [[spoiler: Right [[spoiler:Right before he dies, he shows his opponent that he could pull it off, but chooses not to, having gone through a movie's worth of CharacterDevelopment to realize that pride, even for one's own nation, is not worth murdering somebody over.]]



** Also in the episode The Doctor's Daughter, [[spoiler: After the nearly happy ending, the baddie kills the Doctor's daughter (clone) out of spite. The Doctor takes his gun and points it at his head, breathing fast and heavy for several seconds before throwing it away and saying 'I never would', finally encouraging those around him to forge their society on the principles of the man who 'never would'. It should be noted his daughter came back to life, though she didn't regenerate...]] Having two hearts sure comes in handy.

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** Also in the episode The Doctor's Daughter, [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After the nearly happy ending, the baddie kills the Doctor's daughter (clone) out of spite. The Doctor takes his gun and points it at his head, breathing fast and heavy for several seconds before throwing it away and saying 'I never would', finally encouraging those around him to forge their society on the principles of the man who 'never would'. It should be noted his daughter came back to life, though she didn't regenerate...]] Having two hearts sure comes in handy.



** After a short close-range fight, [[spoiler: Shaw]] takes Sarah prisoner and holds Chuck at gunpoint, but allows Chuck to live since he holds no ill-will towards him. This gives Chuck the opportunity to come to Sarah's rescue and [[spoiler: shoot Shaw]].
** Later in that same season Chuck has [[spoiler: Shaw]] by the throat in a death grip. [[spoiler: Shaw attempts to provoke him into finishing the job, but Chuck comments he already did in a CallBack to the above scene and releases him.]]

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** After a short close-range fight, [[spoiler: Shaw]] [[spoiler:Shaw]] takes Sarah prisoner and holds Chuck at gunpoint, but allows Chuck to live since he holds no ill-will towards him. This gives Chuck the opportunity to come to Sarah's rescue and [[spoiler: shoot [[spoiler:shoot Shaw]].
** Later in that same season Chuck has [[spoiler: Shaw]] [[spoiler:Shaw]] by the throat in a death grip. [[spoiler: Shaw [[spoiler:Shaw attempts to provoke him into finishing the job, but Chuck comments he already did in a CallBack to the above scene and releases him.]]



* Defied in ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' with [[spoiler: Professor Banno. He's at Gou's mercy, who he had played like a fiddle thanks to being his father. When Banno tries to have Gou spare him under the pretense of improving the world, Gou doesn't even listen and simply takes his dead friend's weapon and murders Banno for all the things the asshole's ever done.]]

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* Defied in ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' with [[spoiler: Professor [[spoiler:Professor Banno. He's at Gou's mercy, who he had played like a fiddle thanks to being his father. When Banno tries to have Gou spare him under the pretense of improving the world, Gou doesn't even listen and simply takes his dead friend's weapon and murders Banno for all the things the asshole's ever done.]]



** In ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 6 Special'', Cao Pi has a moment of this having captured [[spoiler: [[TreacherousAdvisor Sima Yi]] ]] after the latter failed coup d'etat. [[spoiler: He spares his life, and the scene fades to black with Sima Yi mocking the entire Cao family.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 6 Special'', Cao Pi has a moment of this having captured [[spoiler: [[TreacherousAdvisor [[spoiler:[[TreacherousAdvisor Sima Yi]] ]] after the latter failed coup d'etat. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He spares his life, and the scene fades to black with Sima Yi mocking the entire Cao family.]]



** After Jaden Korr defeats Rosh Penin in ''VideoGame/JediAcademy'', they seem to be about to enter a situation like this, but are interrupted by the arrival of Kyle Katarn and Tavion. They return to the setup when they next meet, when Rosh is hardly much of a villain anymore but Jaden is still angry at him. [[spoiler: Whether the player chooses to attack Rosh next or not determines whether you get the Dark Side or Light Side ending.]]

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** After Jaden Korr defeats Rosh Penin in ''VideoGame/JediAcademy'', they seem to be about to enter a situation like this, but are interrupted by the arrival of Kyle Katarn and Tavion. They return to the setup when they next meet, when Rosh is hardly much of a villain anymore but Jaden is still angry at him. [[spoiler: Whether [[spoiler:Whether the player chooses to attack Rosh next or not determines whether you get the Dark Side or Light Side ending.]]



* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Elan must decide whether or not to [[spoiler: let his brother Nale fall over a cliff to his death]]

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Elan must decide whether or not to [[spoiler: let [[spoiler:let his brother Nale fall over a cliff to his death]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' "Endgame" [[spoiler: Optimus Prime has Megatron at his mercy a is filled with a vengeance after learning that Prowl has been KilledOffForReal, he swings the mighty Magnus Hammer to deliver the final blow, only to strike his fusion cannon and merely cuff Megatron instead.]]
** [[spoiler: Since the Magnus Hammer needs a few moments to charge for a full-powered lightning strike, it's possible that Optimus only hesitated to charge rather then the moral dilemma of letting Megatron live.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' "Endgame" [[spoiler: Optimus [[spoiler:Optimus Prime has Megatron at his mercy a is filled with a vengeance after learning that Prowl has been KilledOffForReal, he swings the mighty Magnus Hammer to deliver the final blow, only to strike his fusion cannon and merely cuff Megatron instead.]]
** [[spoiler: Since [[spoiler:Since the Magnus Hammer needs a few moments to charge for a full-powered lightning strike, it's possible that Optimus only hesitated to charge rather then the moral dilemma of letting Megatron live.]]
19th Jul '17 2:13:19 PM ElegantVamp
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** Prince Zuko leaves his arch rival, Commander Zhao, unscathed when he's perfectly poised to kill him after defeating him in a Firebending duel. Zhao does rise up to deliver a flaming kick to the head from behind, but is effortlessly deflected by Zuko's [[MentorArchetype mentor]] Iroh. Zuko appears more than ready to finish the fight the fight after this action, but is instructed by Iroh not to taint his victory and honor.

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** Prince Zuko leaves his arch rival, Commander Zhao, unscathed when he's perfectly poised to kill him after defeating him in a Firebending duel. Zhao does rise up to deliver a flaming kick to the head from behind, but is effortlessly deflected by Zuko's [[MentorArchetype mentor]] mentor]], his uncle Iroh. Zuko appears more than ready to finish the fight the fight after this action, but is instructed by Iroh not to taint his victory and honor.
8th Jul '17 11:45:03 AM nombretomado
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* The climax of the film ''Film/TheEndOfTheSpear'', which is based on a true story, is built around Steve Saint struggling with whether or not to kill the tribesman who killed his father. (However, as TheOtherWiki notes, "the dramatic climactic reconciliation between Steve as an adult and Mincayani did not actually happen as depicted in the film". They did, however, become and remain friends.)

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* The climax of the film ''Film/TheEndOfTheSpear'', which is based on a true story, is built around Steve Saint struggling with whether or not to kill the tribesman who killed his father. (However, as TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki notes, "the dramatic climactic reconciliation between Steve as an adult and Mincayani did not actually happen as depicted in the film". They did, however, become and remain friends.)
8th Jun '17 7:13:26 AM erforce
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* In the Creator/MichaelBay film ''BadBoys'', Will Smith's character does this at the end with the drug kingpin who murdered the woman he [[{{UST}} kinda loved]]. He doesn't fire. Then the baddie pulls a gun from behind his back, giving Smith's character all the excuse he needs to empty his gun's clip into his body.

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* In the Creator/MichaelBay film ''BadBoys'', ''Film/BadBoys'', Will Smith's character does this at the end with the drug kingpin who murdered the woman he [[{{UST}} kinda loved]]. He doesn't fire. Then the baddie pulls a gun from behind his back, giving Smith's character all the excuse he needs to empty his gun's clip into his body.
17th May '17 10:58:07 PM rafi
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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.]]

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* In ''Film/Deadpool'', ''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.]]
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