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30th Jan '16 2:51:46 PM Prometheus117
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* ''Manga/FairyTail'': The Fairy Tail guild as a whole.
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* ''Manga/FairyTail'': The Fairy Tail guild as a whole. No matter how much horrible the villains' goals or their methods of reaching them, the worst that'll usually happen is a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown with their plans in ruin around them and being arrested, and even the ones that die [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork are usually victims of other villains]]. That said, this only seems to apply to [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman human characters]]; the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent genocidal Tartaros guild]] ended up with more than half of its core members slain and most by Fairy Tail's hands.
30th Jan '16 2:07:47 PM billybobfred
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* This will be an option for the player in ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator''. Between going full {{Yandere}} and outright murdering your rivals, or going ActualPacifist and setting them up with someone else to get their eyes off your Senpai, there's a middle ground where you don't kill anyone, but are perfectly willing to blackmail, bully, and otherwise ruin their lives to get them out of the picture.
16th Jan '16 3:25:51 AM StFan
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* [[ComicBook/RomSpaceKnight ROM, SPACEKNIGHT]], who banishes rather than kills the Dire Wraiths early onů[[CruelMercy because he thinks they suffer more that way.]] ROM is stone cold. A much later issue of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' find themselves stranded in the dimension where ROM keeps sending all those Dire Wraiths. They force the Avengers ''to kill them'' rather than continue to exist there.
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* [[ComicBook/RomSpaceKnight ''ComicBook/RomSpaceKnight'': ROM, SPACEKNIGHT]], SPACEKNIGHT, who banishes rather than kills the Dire Wraiths early onů[[CruelMercy on... [[CruelMercy because he thinks they suffer more that way.]] ROM is stone cold. A much later issue of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' find themselves stranded in the dimension where ROM keeps sending all those Dire Wraiths. They force the Avengers ''to kill them'' rather than continue to exist there.

* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'': Ant-Man will go out of his way to try every possible option before resorting to blows. He maintains that he is scientist first and a superhero second, but if he presses that button on his belt, you better hope he's not aiming that gigantic fist at you. This becomes a serious issue for him towards the end of the first season because he'd much rather be an ActualPacifist. Come season two he's left the Avengers because of it.
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'': ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'': Ant-Man will go out of his way to try every possible option before resorting to blows. He maintains that he is scientist first and a superhero second, but if he presses that button on his belt, you better hope he's not aiming that gigantic fist at you. This becomes a serious issue for him towards the end of the first season because he'd much rather be an ActualPacifist. Come season two he's left the Avengers because of it.
10th Jan '16 7:43:41 AM Kamikashi
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* In the Creator/BudSpencer ''Francise/{{Flatfoot}}'' series of films, the titular character, ''Commissario Manuele "Flatfoot" (Piedone) Rizzo'' forgoes carrying a gun in the mafia-infested Naples of the 70's in favour of his fists (which earned him the "Flatfoot" moniker), much to the exasperation of his superiors at the Neapolitan Polizia. This trait is so famous that the uniformed policemen in town joke he actually needs a license for his [[GoodOldFisticuffs fighting skills]], and it is a very startling moment in the second film [[spoiler:[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness when he actually picks up his service weapon from his office]] after his partner has been shot]].
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* In the Creator/BudSpencer ''Francise/{{Flatfoot}}'' series of films, the titular character, ''Commissario Manuele "Flatfoot" (Piedone) Rizzo'' forgoes carrying a gun in the mafia-infested Naples of the 70's in favour of his fists (which earned him the "Flatfoot" moniker), much to the exasperation of his superiors at the Neapolitan Polizia. This trait is so famous that the uniformed policemen in town joke he actually needs a license for his [[GoodOldFisticuffs fighting skills]], and it is a very startling moment in the second first film [[spoiler:[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness when he actually picks up his service weapon from his office]] after his partner has been shot]].office]]]].
10th Jan '16 7:37:21 AM Kamikashi
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* In the Creator/BudSpencer ''Francise/{{Flatfoot}}'' series of films, the titular character, ''Commissario Manuele "Flatfoot" (Piedone) Rizzo'' forgoes carrying a gun in the mafia-infested Naples of the 70's in favour of his fists (which earned him the "Flatfoot" moniker), much to the exasperation of his superiors at the Neapolitan Polizia. This trait is so famous that the uniformed policemen in town joke he actually needs a license for his [[GoodOldFisticuffs fighting skills]], and it is a very startling moment in the second film [[spoiler:[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness when he actually picks up his service weapon from his office]] after his partner has been shot]].
4th Jan '16 10:36:46 AM Ambaryerno
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* Comicbook/{{X 23}} has slowly evolved into this. Born and raised to be a merciless killing machine, as she's put her life back together she's become increasingly reluctant to kill. The page image comes from ''All-New Wolverine'', in which she's caught up in a conflict between Alchemax Genetics and [[spoiler: four clones they made of her]] called the Sisters. Laura makes every effort to resolve the situation without killing anyone, and her refusal to kill [[spoiler: Comicbook/{{Taskmaster}}]] when he came for the girls led to Zelda TakingAThirdOption. Of course, Laura herself has no problem cutting off hands and fingers, beating the crap out of Alchemax's mooks, and leaving their BaldBlackLeaderGuy lying in the wreckage of his Humvee (which she helped wreck), but so far she hasn't been pushed into killing again. ''Yet''.
3rd Jan '16 9:58:59 PM KingZeal
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[[quoteright:350:[[Comicbook/{{X23}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kneecapping.jpg]]]] [[caption-width-right:350:Don't worry, Laura.\\ [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay He'll live.]]]]
28th Dec '15 7:21:40 AM Anddrix
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** Also, SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadman}}, the aforementioned specter that possessed Batman was trained to abhor killing as well. The killing mentioned above happened entirely by accident. [[spoiler:He used the gun to blast the gun Devil Ray was aiming at somebody, and DR just happened to stumble backwards in surprise...right into a mess of exposed wiring and electrocuted himself.]] Nonetheless, Deadman still got called out by the PowersThatBe for causing it.
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** Also, SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadman}}, Deadman, the aforementioned specter that possessed Batman was trained to abhor killing as well. The killing mentioned above happened entirely by accident. [[spoiler:He used the gun to blast the gun Devil Ray was aiming at somebody, and DR just happened to stumble backwards in surprise...right into a mess of exposed wiring and electrocuted himself.]] Nonetheless, Deadman still got called out by the PowersThatBe for causing it.
20th Dec '15 10:20:09 PM LadyDrillKnight
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If you live in an action-adventure universe, violence is one of those things that you just can't escape. (After all, you cannot spell '''pacifist''' without a ''fist''.) This can be a real problem if you want your leading man to be a new-agey tree-hugging intellectual, because, after Creator/HunterSThompson died in 2005, how many gun-toting [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippies]] do you know?
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If you live in an action-adventure universe, violence is one of those things that you just can't escape. (After all, you cannot spell '''pacifist''' without a ''fist''.) This can be a real problem if you want your leading man lead character to be a new-agey tree-hugging intellectual, because, after Creator/HunterSThompson died in 2005, how many gun-toting [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippies]] do you know?

Unlike the principle of ThouShaltNotKill, the Technical Pacifist is certainly capable of making the killing strike if there was no other way, but he doesn't ever treat it lightly. In a certain variation he may be perfectly fine with the SelfDisposingVillain who is TooDumbToLive being defeated because of his own VillainBall or being HoistByHisOwnPetard; so long as he doesn't personally pull the trigger or push them off the building, everything is fine. A MurderByInaction may also be fine. It's all fine as long as he doesn't do the killing himself. Sometimes, a Technical Pacifist may have an aversion to certain weapons due to their lethality ([[DoesntLikeGuns most often guns]]), preferring to fight [[GoodOldFisticuffs with his fists]] and other [[DropTheHammer blunt weapons]] that are less likely to kill someone. Other times, he employs [[ImplausibleFencingPowers swords]] or even [[ImprobableAimingSkills bullets]] in ways designed to subdue his opponents in a non-lethal manner. Not only that but most other rules regarding ThouShaltNotKill are usually thrown out the window in the case of dealing with [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman aliens, robots, zombies and/or monsters]]. Just as BewareTheNiceOnes is for the ActualPacifist, GoodIsNotSoft is not an unusual trait for this character. There is a villainous variant of the Technical Pacifist, often seen with the CorruptCorporateExecutive and the WorthyOpponent. In the former case, this is a BigBad who has no qualms about killing people, but doesn't like to get his hands dirty (or at least to [[SlaveToPR be seen getting his hands dirty]]). So he has someone else do it instead. This invariably leads to the hero being locked in an Easily Escapable {{Deathtrap}} so that the villain won't get bloodstains on his suit. This tends to drop away when he's backed into a corner. In the latter case, the WorthyOpponent just refuses to use a gun because it's "not fair".
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Unlike the principle of ThouShaltNotKill, the Technical Pacifist is certainly capable of making the killing strike if there was no other way, but he doesn't they don't ever treat it lightly. In a certain variation he they may be perfectly fine with the SelfDisposingVillain who is TooDumbToLive being defeated because of his own VillainBall or being HoistByHisOwnPetard; so long as he doesn't they don't personally pull the trigger or push them off the building, everything is fine. A MurderByInaction may also be fine. It's all fine as long as he doesn't they don't do the killing himself.themselves. Sometimes, a Technical Pacifist may have an aversion to certain weapons due to their lethality ([[DoesntLikeGuns most often guns]]), preferring to fight [[GoodOldFisticuffs with his their fists]] and other [[DropTheHammer blunt weapons]] that are less likely to kill someone. Other times, he employs they employ [[ImplausibleFencingPowers swords]] or even [[ImprobableAimingSkills bullets]] in ways designed to subdue his their opponents in a non-lethal manner. Not only that but most other rules regarding ThouShaltNotKill are usually thrown out the window in the case of dealing with [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman aliens, robots, zombies and/or monsters]]. Just as BewareTheNiceOnes is for the ActualPacifist, GoodIsNotSoft is not an unusual trait for this character. There is a villainous variant of the Technical Pacifist, often seen with the CorruptCorporateExecutive and the WorthyOpponent. In the former case, this is a BigBad who has no qualms about killing people, but doesn't like to get his their hands dirty (or at least to [[SlaveToPR be seen getting his their hands dirty]]). So he has they have someone else do it instead. This invariably leads to the hero being locked in an Easily Escapable {{Deathtrap}} so that the villain won't get bloodstains on his their suit. This tends to drop away when he's they're backed into a corner. In the latter case, the WorthyOpponent just refuses to use a gun because it's "not fair".

DoesntLikeGuns is a subtrope, where hurting and killing is OK, as long as he doesn't use a ''gun'' to do it.
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DoesntLikeGuns is a subtrope, where hurting and killing is OK, as long as he doesn't they don't use a ''gun'' to do it.
17th Dec '15 9:31:07 AM erforce
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-->-- '''Flynn''', ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany 2''
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-->-- '''Flynn''', ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany 2'' ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany2''

* ''Film/CharliesAngels'' featured this trope in contrast to [[Series/CharliesAngels the original series]], due to producer/star Creator/DrewBarrymore's aversion to glamorizing gun use (as opposed to kung-fu violence). The change is [[LampshadeHanging commented on]] in the second film [[spoiler:by villainous former angel Madison who says "In my day we used guns," before shooting the heroines, hitting their [[{{Stripperiffic}} surprisingly small bulletproof vests]].]]
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* ''Film/CharliesAngels'' featured this trope in contrast to [[Series/CharliesAngels the original series]], due to producer/star Creator/DrewBarrymore's aversion to glamorizing gun use (as opposed to kung-fu violence). The change is [[LampshadeHanging commented on]] in the [[Film/CharliesAngelsFullThrottle second film film]] [[spoiler:by villainous former angel Madison who says "In my day we used guns," before shooting the heroines, hitting their [[{{Stripperiffic}} surprisingly small bulletproof vests]].]]

* The Franchise/{{Terminator}} in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. Ordered not to kill by a young John Connor, he shoots people in the kneecaps instead. "He'll live." The one from ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' also fits (complete with again a shootout where lots of cars are blown but no one dies), even though we never see anyone ordering him not to kill.
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* The Franchise/{{Terminator}} in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. Ordered not to kill by a young John Connor, he shoots people in the kneecaps instead. "He'll live." instead ("He'll live"). The one from ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' also fits (complete with again a shootout where lots of cars are blown but no one dies), even though we never see anyone ordering him not to kill.

* In ''The Glimmer Man'', Steven Seagal's character (a police officer) declares he can't fight when he and his partner are held up by some, but then proceeds to fight them (using a razor to slice a couple of throats, then his good old fashions limb breaking attacks and a final kick of one bad guy onto some spiky things). His partner says "I thought you said you can't fight?" to which he answers "It's not that I can't fight; I'm not supposed to. I'm a Buddhist." Prior in the movie, he neutralises a hostage situation because he knew SWAT would most likely kill the hostage taker (a high school student). The character's history also shows a violent person who converts to Buddhism in Vietnam (the war anyway, he wasn't actually in Vietnam at the time) which explains his skill in fighting.
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* In ''The Glimmer Man'', Steven Seagal's Crator/StevenSeagal's character (a police officer) declares he can't fight when he and his partner are held up by some, but then proceeds to fight them (using a razor to slice a couple of throats, then his good old fashions limb breaking attacks and a final kick of one bad guy onto some spiky things). His partner says "I thought you said you can't fight?" to which he answers "It's not that I can't fight; I'm not supposed to. I'm a Buddhist." Prior in the movie, he neutralises a hostage situation because he knew SWAT would most likely kill the hostage taker (a high school student). The character's history also shows a violent person who converts to Buddhism in Vietnam (the war anyway, he wasn't actually in Vietnam at the time) which explains his skill in fighting.
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