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12th Feb '18 8:23:43 AM Cryoclaste
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* [[{{Legacy Of Kain}} Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2]]: Raziel holds the Soul Reaver over his head in order to execute Kain, [[spoiler:only to spare him in the last second, changing his destiny and the course of history forever.]]

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* [[{{Legacy Of Kain}} Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2]]: ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKainSoulReaver2:'' Raziel holds the Soul Reaver over his head in order to execute Kain, [[spoiler:only to spare him in the last second, changing his destiny and the course of history forever.]]
5th Feb '18 3:31:33 AM JackG
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* ''The Killer Ascendant'' by Creator/BarryEisler. HitmanWithAHeart John Rain considers doing this with CIA RogueAgent Jim Hilger (who had kidnapped and tortured his friend Dox) because he's considering changing his ways from being a cold-blooded killer. As a concession he allows Hilger to make a phone call to his sister as a LastRequest, has a sudden throught that Hilger is using the call to activate a bomb remotely and kills him immediately. Later Rain wonders if he allowed Hilger to make the call just so he'd have an excuse to kill him.

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* ''The Killer Ascendant'' by Creator/BarryEisler. HitmanWithAHeart John Rain considers doing this with CIA RogueAgent Jim Hilger (who had kidnapped and tortured his friend Dox) because he's considering changing his ways from being a cold-blooded killer. As a concession he allows Hilger to make a phone call to his sister as a LastRequest, has a sudden throught thought that Hilger is using the call to activate a bomb remotely and kills him immediately.him. Later Rain wonders if he allowed Hilger to make the call just so he'd have an excuse to kill him.
5th Feb '18 3:31:01 AM JackG
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* ''The Killer Ascendant'' by Creator/BarryEisler. HitmanWithAHeart John Rain considers doing this with CIA RogueAgent Jim Hilger (who had kidnapped and tortured his friend Dox) because he's considering changing his ways from being a cold-blooded killer. As a concession he allows Hilger to make a phone call to his sister as a LastRequest, has a sudden throught that Hilger is using the call to activate a bomb remotely and kills him immediately. Later Rain wonders if he allowed Hilger to make the call just so he'd have an excuse to kill him.
28th Dec '17 11:01:55 AM Orbiting
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* ''Literature/TheManWithTheTerribleEyes'': A variant with electrical powers rather than a physical weapon. After he's won their fight and has the Supervisor on the ground at his mercy, the Man stands over him and is torn between the desire to kill him after all he'd done to him and his disgust at the thought of murdering him in cold blood. He eventually decides to let him live.
23rd Dec '17 8:44:22 AM JackG
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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. Happens several times in the first two seasons as Travis (and sometimes Servalan) had PlotArmor, as they had to survive to serve as Blake's ArchEnemy. The reasons given include Blake knowing that the Federation would just send someone else (and he's convinced he can always beat Travis), [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim because he's worried he'd enjoy it]], or as a CruelMercy (because Travis will be punished for failing, or because he's lost everything after going RogueAgent). When AntiHero Avon becomes the leader he's not burdened by such qualms, so Servalan usually arranges a MexicanStandoff or VillainExitStageLeft However Avon (and Tarrant in "Sand", despite Servalan arranging the death of his brother) seem equally [[FoeRomanceSubtext reluctant to kill her]] as [[FoeYay Blake was to kill Travis.]]
11th Nov '17 9:38:38 PM Nadim
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* In the climax of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Beast [[NeckLift is holding Gaston by the neck]] over the ledge of the castle threatening to drop him to death. However, [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim he can't go through with it and grudgingly spares Gaston giving him a firm {{Get Out}}. However, Gaston responds by [[BackstabBackfire stabbing Gaston in the back still trying to kill him.]]

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* In the climax of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Beast [[NeckLift is holding Gaston by the neck]] over the ledge of the castle threatening to drop him to death. However, [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim he can't go through with it and grudgingly spares Gaston Gaston]] giving him a firm {{Get Out}}. However, Gaston responds by [[BackstabBackfire stabbing Gaston in the back still trying to kill him.]]
11th Nov '17 9:37:41 PM Nadim
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* In the climax of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Beast [[NeckLift is holding Gaston by the neck]] over the ledge of the castle threatening to drop him to death. However, [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim he can't go through with it and grudgingly spares Gaston giving him a firm {{Get Out}}. However, Gaston responds by [[BackstabBackfire stabbing Gaston in the back still trying to kill him.]]
30th Oct '17 6:27:30 AM nighttrainfm
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* The ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' episode "Mine Games" features a ''shovel''-over-head moment. Lex Luthor and Superboy are trapped in a 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.

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* The ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' episode "Mine Games" features a ''shovel''-over-head moment. Lex Luthor and Superboy are trapped in a 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 [[StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred outright eggs on him him]] as hammily as possible.
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]].
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