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16th Jan '16 2:17:33 PM DinoTurtle
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This trope is not literally about swords over heads.
* In the end of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', an immortal knight tries to pull his heavy sword overhead on Indy, only to lose balance and fall backwards, indicating that he has become too old for sword fighting.

[[folder: Real Life]] * In the German school of longsword fencing, one of the guards, called ''von tag'' can be held in this position, with the sword held over the head. * In Kendo, there is a stance, Joudan no Kamae, which requires holding the blade above the head. * WorstCaseScenario actually has a [[CrazyPrepared card for advice on finding yourself in a swordfight.]] It advises you not to do this, as it'll leave your gut wide open for stabbing (though as noted above, real schools of swordsmanship ''do'' utilize this position, and paradoxically it's actually a fairly strong defensive position as it allows a very effective drop on one's opponent's sword if they go for the opening). [[/folder]]
31st Oct '15 11:30:23 PM CasWarner
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* Late in ''Literature/BloodMeridian'', the kid (well, he's a teenager) and the expriest Tobin find the monstrous Judge Holden trapped and at their mercy, and Tobin actually tells the kid to take his gun and do it, kill him now, but the kid -- even though the alternative is to let him die of thirst -- chooses not to. The judge gets out, later, and nothing good comes of it.
20th Oct '15 7:18:59 AM bobwolf
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* ''Film/{{Fearless 2006}}'' : The unarmed variation. Jet Li's character Huo Yuanjia knows a DangerousForbidenTechnique 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 DangerousForbidenTechnique 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.]]
20th Oct '15 7:18:28 AM bobwolf
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* ''Film/Fearless2006'': The unarmed variation. Jet Li's character Huo Yuanjia knows a DangerousForbidenTechnique that causes his opponent's heart to explode. He himself is dying from poison and the only way he can win this 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/Fearless2006'': ''Film/{{Fearless 2006}}'' : The unarmed variation. Jet Li's character Huo Yuanjia knows a DangerousForbidenTechnique that causes his opponent's heart to explode. He himself is dying from poison and the only way he can win this 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.]]
20th Oct '15 7:15:22 AM bobwolf
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* ''Film/Fearless2006'': The unarmed variation. Jet Li's character Huo Yuanjia knows a DangerousForbidenTechnique that causes his opponent's heart to explode. He himself is dying from poison and the only way he can win this 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.]]
17th Oct '15 6:54:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* Darth Vader pulled a literal SwordOverHead on Luke in ''Franchise/StarWars'', disarming him and remarking, "All too easy." Luke evades him and retrieves his sword, continuing to fight.
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': ** Darth Vader pulled a literal SwordOverHead on Luke in ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', disarming him and remarking, "All too easy." Luke evades him and retrieves his sword, continuing to fight.

* A variation in ''[[Franchise/{{Predator}} 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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* A variation in ''[[Franchise/{{Predator}} Predator]]''.''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.

* The climax of the film ''The End of the Spear'', 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 ''The End of the Spear'', ''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.)

* Miraz in ''[[{{Narnia}} Prince Caspian]]''. Three times in one movie, by two characters, twice in fairly rapid succession, and none of them in the original book.
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* Miraz in ''[[{{Narnia}} Prince Caspian]]''.''Film/PrinceCaspian''. Three times in one movie, by two characters, twice in fairly rapid succession, and none of them in the original book.

* In ''TheTwoTowers'' Frodo captures Gollum and holds him at swordpoint, but decides to spare him [[TheWoobie out of pity]]. [[KarmicDeath It pays off in the end]].
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* In ''TheTwoTowers'' ''Film/TheTwoTowers'' Frodo captures Gollum and holds him at swordpoint, but decides to spare him [[TheWoobie out of pity]]. [[KarmicDeath It pays off in the end]].

* Played straight in ''TheLionInWinter'', when King Henry II lifts his sword over his head to execute [[spoiler:his son Richard]], but can't bring himself to go through with it.
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* Played straight in ''TheLionInWinter'', ''Film/TheLionInWinter'', when King Henry II lifts his sword over his head to execute [[spoiler:his son Richard]], but can't bring himself to go through with it.
22nd Sep '15 8:44:56 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Played almost perfectly straight in VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi, during the climactic duel between [[spoiler: Keiichi and Rena]], when [[spoiler:Rena]] is holding her [[spoiler: hatchet]] over her head.
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* Played almost perfectly straight in VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi, VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry, during the climactic duel between [[spoiler: Keiichi and Rena]], when [[spoiler:Rena]] is holding her [[spoiler: hatchet]] over her head.
19th Sep '15 1:40:10 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''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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* In ''AliveTheFinalEvolution'', ''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.]]
24th Aug '15 1:12:07 PM Austin
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* Occurs complete with actual sword over actual head when Rogue defeats Vargas in a swordfight at the end of the ''{{X-Treme X-Men}}'' "Invasion" arc. Vargas encourages her to kill him [[YouCantFightFate as predicted by Destiny's diaries]], and the ultimate result is deliberately not shown, but Rogue's reactions both during and after the incident make it fairly clear that she didn't go through with it. * [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Jubilee]] faced this choice after she hunted down the men who killed her parents. In a slight variation Wolverine -- the only witness -- told her exactly how she could use her powers to make the deaths look like natural causes. She let them live, of course.
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* Occurs complete with actual sword over actual head when Rogue ComicBook/{{Rogue}} defeats Vargas in a swordfight at the end of the ''{{X-Treme X-Men}}'' "Invasion" arc. Vargas encourages her to kill him [[YouCantFightFate as predicted by Destiny's diaries]], and the ultimate result is deliberately not shown, but Rogue's reactions both during and after the incident make it fairly clear that she didn't go through with it. * [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Jubilee]] Comicbook/{{Jubilee}} faced this choice after she hunted down the men who killed her parents. In a slight variation Wolverine -- the only witness -- told her exactly how she could use her powers to make the deaths look like natural causes. She let them live, of course.
4th Jul '15 3:31:06 PM nombretomado
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* In ''LegendOfTheGalacticHeroes'', the Battle of Vermillion ends with [[spoiler:Yang having Reinhart's flagship -- and Reinhart with it --]] dead to rights and defenceless and only an order away from killing him. While the cast begin discussing amongst themselves [[KillHimAlready whether to finish him off or no]], [[spoiler:Reuental and Mittenmeyer conquer TheFederation's headquarters, and the politicians surrender and order Yang to stand down. He does.]]
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* In ''LegendOfTheGalacticHeroes'', ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', the Battle of Vermillion ends with [[spoiler:Yang having Reinhart's flagship -- and Reinhart with it --]] dead to rights and defenceless and only an order away from killing him. While the cast begin discussing amongst themselves [[KillHimAlready whether to finish him off or no]], [[spoiler:Reuental and Mittenmeyer conquer TheFederation's headquarters, and the politicians surrender and order Yang to stand down. He does.]]
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