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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:
27th Jul '16 5:14:03 PM Someoneman
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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 badly injured and pissed off Owen Lars [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome 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 badly injured and pissed off Owen Lars [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome blows Maul's head off]]]].off]].



* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' Jane Rizzoli has Hoyt, "The Surgeon" in this situation, though with a scalpel instead of a sword (incidentally, a scalpel he had just cut her and Dr. Isles with). Unlike most of the trope examples, ''[[AwesomeMoments She follows through]]''.

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* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' Jane Rizzoli has Hoyt, "The Surgeon" in this situation, though with a scalpel instead of a sword (incidentally, a scalpel he had just cut her and Dr. Isles with). Unlike most of the trope examples, ''[[AwesomeMoments She ''She follows through]]''.through''.



* ''{{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 in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome: "Surprised? Don't be. You're not worth it. Mainframe will ''always'' endure. Remember this defeat, this humiliation! Remember that you can ''never'' win!

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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 in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome: 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!
9th Jul '16 11:11:35 PM JackG
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** 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 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...]]
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]] Having two hearts sure comes in handy.handy.
** A lot of times in the Classic series the Doctor plays this straight. Even in the DarkerAndEdgier New Who series, it's [[WeUsedToBeFriends played straight with the Master]], whom the Doctor is reluctant to kill despite having every reason to do so.



* In the mini-series ''Brotherhood of the Rose'', adapted from the novel by David Morrell, CIA assassin Saul is confronting his treacherous ParentalSubstitute Elliot with an Uzi. Elliot has killed Saul's brother and [[BackstabBackfire has just tried to kill him under the guise of a truce]], so at this point in the novel he dies. In the mini-series however Saul knocks him out with the Uzi, but then blows up his secret cache of blackmail files Elliot has been using to maintain his power in the CIA, forcing him into retirement.

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* In the mini-series ''Brotherhood of the Rose'', adapted from the novel by David Morrell, CIA assassin Saul is confronting his treacherous ParentalSubstitute Elliot with an Uzi. Elliot has killed Saul's brother and [[BackstabBackfire has just tried to kill him under the guise of a truce]], so at this point in the novel he dies. In the mini-series however Saul knocks him out with the Uzi, but then blows up his the secret cache of blackmail files Elliot has been using to maintain his power in the CIA, forcing him into retirement.
9th Jul '16 11:07:59 PM JackG
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** Buffy nearly overpowers Angelus in their first encounter ("Innocence"), but can't bring herself to finish him. ..So she settles for a kick to the groin instead.

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** Buffy nearly overpowers Angelus in their first encounter ("Innocence"), but can't bring herself to finish him. .. So she settles for a kick to the groin instead.
9th Jul '16 11:07:19 PM JackG
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* In the mini-series ''Brotherhood of the Rose'', adapted from the novel by David Morrell, CIA assassin Saul is confronting his treacherous ParentalSubstitute Elliot with an Uzi. Elliot has killed Saul's brother and [[BackstabBackfire has just tried to kill him under the guise of a truce]], so at this point in the novel he dies. In the mini-series however Saul knocks him out with the Uzi, but then blows up his secret cache of blackmail files Elliot has been using to maintain his power in the CIA, forcing him into retirement.
4th Jul '16 1:58:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* A version of this trope without ''any'' weapons happens twice in the film ''Film/TheKarateKidPartII''. At the very start of the film, [[TheObiWan Mr. Miyagi]] sees the bad guy teacher from the first movie physically abusing his own students and decides to put a stop to it. After some DeadlyDodging, when he has the EvilTeacher at his mercy, Miyagi repeats that teacher's own motto that mercy is for the weak, winds up for a major blow... then harmlessly tweaks his nose. At the very end Daniel holds his opponent's life in his hands and asks him, "Live or die, man?" When his opponent says "Die!" Daniel instead copies [[{{Mentors}} his mentor]] and just gives his opponent's nose a tweak.

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* A version of this trope without ''any'' weapons happens twice in the film ''Film/TheKarateKidPartII''. At the very start of the film, [[TheObiWan Mr. Miyagi]] Miyagi sees the bad guy teacher from the first movie physically abusing his own students and decides to put a stop to it. After some DeadlyDodging, when he has the EvilTeacher at his mercy, Miyagi repeats that teacher's own motto that mercy is for the weak, winds up for a major blow... then harmlessly tweaks his nose. At the very end Daniel holds his opponent's life in his hands and asks him, "Live or die, man?" When his opponent says "Die!" Daniel instead copies [[{{Mentors}} his mentor]] and just gives his opponent's nose a tweak.
28th Jun '16 6:21:45 PM Adept
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* If you play as a [[FighterMageThief Fighter]] in QuestForGloryII, you will encounter TWO duels which provide an example of this trope. First time is a duel which you have to pass in order to be accepted to the Fighter's Guild, where you are encouraged by the guild to kill your opponent, yet are able to spare him. Second time is the swordfight with Khaveen, in which you knock his sword from his hand and can either finish him off or allow him to pick his sword. Khaveen will knock your sword as well, and will not hesitate before hitting you. It does take him some time to do this, though.

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* If you play as a [[FighterMageThief Fighter]] in QuestForGloryII, VideoGame/QuestForGloryII, you will encounter TWO duels which provide an example of this trope. First time is a duel which you have to pass in order to be accepted to the Fighter's Guild, where you are encouraged by the guild to kill your opponent, yet are able to spare him. Second time is the swordfight with Khaveen, in which you knock his sword from his hand and can either finish him off or allow him to pick his sword. Khaveen will knock your sword as well, and will not hesitate before hitting you. It does take him some time to do this, though.
22nd Jun '16 7:29:00 PM nombretomado
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* ''TigerAndBunny'' when Barnaby and Kotetsu defeat Jake, Barnaby ultimately decides to have him arrested, though Jake [[HoistByHisOwnPetard dies while trying to escape.]]

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* ''TigerAndBunny'' ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' when Barnaby and Kotetsu defeat Jake, Barnaby ultimately decides to have him arrested, though Jake [[HoistByHisOwnPetard dies while trying to escape.]]
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