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24th Jun '17 11:58:36 AM nombretomado
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* Subverted in ''CodeGeass'', where when Lelouch first uses his geass to kill the Britannian soldiers, he is stunned for a few seconds afterwards... before showing his [[SlasherSmile evil grin]] for the first time, hinting at his MagnificentBastard status.

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* Subverted in ''CodeGeass'', ''Anime/CodeGeass'', where when Lelouch first uses his geass to kill the Britannian soldiers, he is stunned for a few seconds afterwards... before showing his [[SlasherSmile evil grin]] for the first time, hinting at his MagnificentBastard status.



** In the ''CodeGeass'' manga, Lelouch actually says this shortly after having a flash back to when he murdered Clovis. (In the same scene in the anime, he just throws up.)

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** In the ''CodeGeass'' ''Manga/CodeGeass'' manga, Lelouch actually says this shortly after having a flash back to when he murdered Clovis. (In the same scene in the anime, he just throws up.)
19th Jun '17 4:40:02 PM LadyJafaria
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This is a SubTrope to MyGodWhatHaveIDone -- the character in question experiences that guilt while staring horrified at his hands. If this trope is in a character's backstory, it's [[SympatheticMurderBackstory Sympathetic Murder Backstory.]] If a character is contemplating his or hands for an entirely different reason, usually drug-related, then see ContemplatingYourHands. If the character thinks what he has done is inherently wrong, he may become TheAtoner.

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This is a SubTrope to MyGodWhatHaveIDone -- the character in question experiences that guilt while staring horrified at his hands. If this trope is in a character's backstory, it's [[SympatheticMurderBackstory Sympathetic Murder Backstory.]] Compare BleedEmAndWeep, where the character literally cries after taking life/shedding blood. If a character is contemplating his or hands for an entirely different reason, usually drug-related, then see ContemplatingYourHands. If the character thinks what he has done is inherently wrong, he may become TheAtoner.
11th Jun '17 8:17:45 PM nombretomado
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* In ''XenaWarriorPrincess'', Gabrielle has this reaction after she kills the priestess of a dark god while trying to save someone. It's made even worse by the fact that [[spoiler: the man she saves is also a follower of the dark god, and that Gabrielle was being duped]].

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* In ''XenaWarriorPrincess'', ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Gabrielle has this reaction after she kills the priestess of a dark god while trying to save someone. It's made even worse by the fact that [[spoiler: the man she saves is also a follower of the dark god, and that Gabrielle was being duped]].
16th May '17 10:06:45 AM nombretomado
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* In the ''Tokyo Revelations'' arc of ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', Sakura is tasked with finding and retrieving some jewel to pay Yuuko back with. Along the way, she gets ambushed by a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever giant acid rain mutant monster]]. Pinned down and unable to run, she busts out her trusty [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver]] and unloads into the monster, after which her hands tremble violently and her breathing stagnates. This is especially traumatic considering not only that Sakura had previously been played up as a FriendToAllLivingThings, but this is the most violent thing that ''[[Manga/CardcaptorSakura any rendition of Sakura]]'' had ever done, or ever would do again (barring the rest of the chapter / OVA).

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* In the ''Tokyo Revelations'' arc of ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', Sakura is tasked with finding and retrieving some jewel to pay Yuuko back with. Along the way, she gets ambushed by a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever giant acid rain mutant monster]]. Pinned down and unable to run, she busts out her trusty [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver]] and unloads into the monster, after which her hands tremble violently and her breathing stagnates. This is especially traumatic considering not only that Sakura had previously been played up as a FriendToAllLivingThings, but this is the most violent thing that ''[[Manga/CardcaptorSakura any rendition of Sakura]]'' had ever done, or ever would do again (barring the rest of the chapter / OVA).
14th May '17 9:18:43 PM nombretomado
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* In the anime version of {{Trigun}}, Vash is hit by this big time when Legato forces him into a no win situation where he can either kill Legato or let the townspeople Legato is psychically controlling kill Milly and Meryl. Extremely reluctantly, Vash shoots Legato and then passes out. When he wakes up the next morning and remembers what he did, he starts screaming.

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* In the anime version of {{Trigun}}, ''Anime/{{Trigun}}'', Vash is hit by this big time when Legato forces him into a no win situation where he can either kill Legato or let the townspeople Legato is psychically controlling kill Milly and Meryl. Extremely reluctantly, Vash shoots Legato and then passes out. When he wakes up the next morning and remembers what he did, he starts screaming.
11th May '17 10:32:43 AM indigocoil
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** In a flashback showing Angel's human soul being restored by the curse he is clearly [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone absolutely horrified]] once he remembers everything he did as a soulless vampire.
9th Apr '17 12:08:32 AM infernape612
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* In season 5 of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', Jack is utterly horrified when he kills [[spoiler:one of the Daughters of Aku]] in self-defense and discovers they were a human being instead of a robot.
9th Apr '17 12:06:59 AM infernape612
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--> '''[[spoiler: Tim Drake:]]'''Oh, God. I killed him. I didn't mean to. I tried so hard to forget. But I still hear the shot,still see his dead smile. Every night the dreams get stronger. He's there when I sleep, whispering, laughing...telling me [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim I'm just as bad as he is, we're both the same.]]

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--> '''[[spoiler: Tim Drake:]]'''Oh, Drake]]:''' Oh, God. I killed him. I didn't mean to. I tried so hard to forget. But I still hear the shot,still see his dead smile. Every night the dreams get stronger. He's there when I sleep, whispering, laughing...telling me [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim I'm just as bad as he is, we're both the same.]]
3rd Apr '17 6:29:51 PM JackG
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* ''Film/{{Morgan}}''. Both times that Morgan becomes violent while seated at a table, she puts her hands palm down on the edge of the table, then turns them palm up. The gesture is explained in a flashback where she {{Mercy Kill}}s a deer, then looks at her hands in horror. [[spoiler:The FinalGirl Lee Weathers has the same gesture in TheReveal that she's an ArtificialHuman bred as a SuperSoldier like Morgan.]]
20th Mar '17 11:27:46 AM XFllo
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* ''Literature/TheBible''. Pilate washes his hands to get the figurative blood of Jesus off of them. History lesson: it doesn't work.
** The blood of the thousands of ''other'' miscellaneous threats to Rome he crucified, of course, are presumed to have come off easily.
*** Incidentally, Pilate's act was actually something of a Roman tradition, indicating that the official responsible for an act was not acting for himself, but rather in his official capacity. In other words, he wasn't trying to "wash his hands" of the Crucifixion, but rather saying (more or less): "''I'' didn't do what just happened. That was the Roman State." Unfortunately for Pilate, very few non-Romans in that time and place understood the concept of separating the office from the person; it was quite the Roman concept, which didn't really translate for the mostly Jewish and Hellenistic Greek early Christians.
* Also from the Bible: This was the very reason God instructed Solomon to build the Temple instead of his father, David.

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* ''Literature/TheBible''. ''Literature/TheBible''
**
Pilate washes his hands to get the figurative blood of Jesus off of them. History lesson: it doesn't work.
** The
work. (The blood of the thousands of ''other'' miscellaneous threats to Rome he crucified, of course, are presumed to have come off easily.
*** Incidentally,
easily.) Pilate's act was actually something of a Roman tradition, indicating that the official responsible for an act was not acting for himself, but rather in his official capacity. In other words, he wasn't trying to "wash his hands" of the Crucifixion, but rather saying (more or less): "''I'' didn't do what just happened. That was the Roman State." Unfortunately for Pilate, very few non-Romans in that time and place understood the concept of separating the office from the person; it was quite the Roman concept, which didn't really translate for the mostly Jewish and Hellenistic Greek early Christians.
* Also from the Bible: ** This was the very reason God instructed Solomon to build the Temple instead of his father, David.David, who has killed and was not no longer as innocent and pure as he should be.



* When Dorian in ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'' [[spoiler: murders Basil Hallward]], blood-stains appear on his portrait's hands.

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* When Dorian in ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'' [[spoiler: murders Basil [[spoiler:Basil Hallward]], blood-stains appear on his portrait's hands.
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