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20th Apr '18 12:27:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* Happens to Frollo at the end of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' as a result of him saying [[DeathByIrony "And he shall smite the wicked]] [[KarmicDeath and plunge them into the fiery pit!"]] while trying to kill the heroes.
** Bonus points for [[DisneyVillainDeath falling to]] [[DeathByIrony the flames he started to kill one of the protagonists.]]

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* Happens to Frollo at the end of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' as a result of him saying [[DeathByIrony "And he shall smite the wicked]] [[KarmicDeath and plunge them into the fiery pit!"]] while trying to kill the heroes.
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heroes. Bonus points for [[DisneyVillainDeath falling to]] [[DeathByIrony the flames he started to kill one of the protagonists.]]
13th Jan '18 4:54:19 PM TheGreatConversation
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Oh, no! The villain has beaten the hero in a fight! Our hero is down on the ground, battered, bloodied and helpless. The villain triumphantly raises his weapon, delivers his [[EvilGloating gloating one-liner]]. This is it, our hero is done for! The BigBad gleefully readies the CoupDeGrace...

...and dies.

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Oh, no! The villain has beaten the hero in a fight! Our hero is down on the ground, battered, bloodied and helpless. The villain triumphantly raises his weapon, delivers his [[EvilGloating gloating one-liner]]. This is it, our hero is done for! The BigBad gleefully readies the CoupDeGrace...

...
CoupDeGrace . . .

. . .
and dies.



If the good guy has the bad guy at his mercy, then a SwordOverHead is the usual result. In that case, the hero will either stop himself or go through with it. The distinction between the two is that the good guy almost always gets to make the choice himself and live with the result. Occasionally, somebody ''else'' will kill the bad guy, either while the hero is thinking it over or just after the hero decided [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim he couldn't do it]]. This will often happen eventually if the game makes use of a CoupDeGraceCutscene. May be the result of a successful DiagonalCut.

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If the good guy has the bad guy at his mercy, then a SwordOverHead is the usual result. In that case, the hero will either stop himself or go through with it. The distinction between the two is that the good guy almost always gets to make the choice himself and live with the result. Occasionally, somebody ''else'' will kill the bad guy, either while the hero is thinking it over or just after the hero decided [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim he couldn't do it]]. This will often happen eventually if the game makes use of a CoupDeGraceCutscene. May be the result of a successful DiagonalCut.
DiagonalCut. Compare OminousAdversarialAmusement.


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* OminousAdversarialAmusement
10th Jan '18 2:40:06 AM Cryoclaste
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* In ''TheHungerGames'', during the "feast" at the Cornucopia, Clove gets Katniss pinned down with a knife to her throat. She takes the time to gloat, and is promptly [[spoiler:killed by Thresh for saying that she killed Rue.]]

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* In ''TheHungerGames'', ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', during the "feast" at the Cornucopia, Clove gets Katniss pinned down with a knife to her throat. She takes the time to gloat, and is promptly [[spoiler:killed by Thresh for saying that she killed Rue.]]
22nd Dec '17 2:43:21 AM azul120
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Types of ThwartedCoupDeGrace:

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1st Jun '17 3:56:57 PM Az_Tech341
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* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistBrotherhood'', Mustang, who has [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge just incinerated Envy back down to his parasitic state in a vengeful rage]], has the now slug-like homunculus under the sole of his boot and is ready to kill him, until Riza Hawkeye [[ClickHello shows up with a gun to his head]], threatening to kill him per their promise. Scar and Ed soon join them, with Ed springing Envy away from Mustang, who he pointedly asks if [[HeWhoFightsMonsters this is what he wanted to be]] when he were to become Fuhrer. Mustang finally calms down, and after Envy fails at [[BreakingSpeech breaking them by mocking them for their failures]], he [[VillainousBreakdown breaks down in tears]] and [[DrivenToSuicide commits suicide]].

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* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistBrotherhood'', ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'', Mustang, who has [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge just incinerated Envy back down to his parasitic state in a vengeful rage]], has the now slug-like homunculus under the sole of his boot and is ready to kill him, until Riza Hawkeye [[ClickHello shows up with a gun to his head]], threatening to kill him per their promise. Scar and Ed soon join them, with Ed springing Envy away from Mustang, who he pointedly asks if [[HeWhoFightsMonsters this is what he wanted to be]] when he were to become Fuhrer. Mustang finally calms down, and after Envy fails at [[BreakingSpeech breaking them by mocking them for their failures]], he [[VillainousBreakdown breaks down in tears]] and [[DrivenToSuicide commits suicide]].
24th Apr '17 9:16:09 AM Svartalfar
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* In ''Fanfic/NeonMetathesisEvangelion'' , Plug Dummy-controlled EVA-01 is beating down on Bardiel-controlled EVA-03, clasping its hands over its head, ready to deliver a hammer strike that would kill the angel, the EVA and probably also Touji inside the EVA... when it suddenly stops. Rei, acting in unison with the 'her inside EVA-00', is using her powers as Lilith's soulbearer on the one Lilithian EVA unit.
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20th Apr '17 3:01:33 PM bwburke94
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* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', the Duke of Francis has routed the forces of the rebel Reverend Mauer, defeated his ISurrenderSuckers gambit by having his infiltrators defuse the explosives that Mauer had planned to use in a TakingYouWithMe, and is about to cut his head off, only to discover in [[BoomHeadshot the most painful way possible]] that the rebel forces have developed working rapid fire sniper rifles.



* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', the Duke of Francis has routed the forces of the rebel Reverend Mauer, defeated his ISurrenderSuckers gambit by having his infiltrators defuse the explosives that Mauer had planned to use in a TakingYouWithMe, and is about to cut his head off, only to discover in [[BoomHeadshot the most painful way possible]] that the rebel forces have developed working rapid fire sniper rifles.
* During the Volume 3 climax of ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'', [[BigBad Cinder]] has an arrow trained point-blank on [[spoiler:Pyrrha]]. [[TheHero Ruby]] arrives on-scene just in time to [[spoiler:see her friend executed in cold blood; a particularly cruel subversion of the trope.]]

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* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', the Duke of Francis has routed the forces of the rebel Reverend Mauer, defeated his ISurrenderSuckers gambit by having his infiltrators defuse the explosives that Mauer had planned to use Twice in a TakingYouWithMe, and is about to cut his head off, only to discover in [[BoomHeadshot the most painful way possible]] that the rebel forces have developed working rapid fire sniper rifles.
* During the
''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''[='=]s Volume 3 climax of ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'', [[BigBad Cinder]] has an arrow trained point-blank climax:
** [[spoiler:Roman Torchwick]] is killed this way by a Grimm. So much for [[FamousLastWords "lie, steal, cheat, and survive"]], eh?
** [[spoiler:Ruby]] attempts this
on [[spoiler:Pyrrha]]. [[TheHero Ruby]] [[spoiler:Cinder]], but arrives on-scene just in time to [[spoiler:see her friend executed see [[spoiler:Pyrrha murdered in cold blood; a particularly cruel subversion of the trope.]]blood]].
17th Dec '16 2:09:13 PM eroock
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* During the climax of ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', when Elinor bear is tied down and Fergus is about to deal her a finishing blow, an arrow from Merida [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands blasts the sword out of his hand]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings'', Beetle interrupts both Sisters trying to finish off Monkey, first at the boat and again later at Hanzo's homestead.
9th Dec '16 2:48:44 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', Emperor Commodus has ordered General Maximus to be executed. The soldier orders him to kneel so he can stab him. Maximus (with his hands tied) head-butts the soldier, takes his sword and then kills every other soldier who was guarding him. Maximus is {{Badass}}.

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* In ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', Emperor Commodus has ordered General Maximus to be executed. The soldier orders him to kneel so he can stab him. Maximus (with his hands tied) head-butts the soldier, takes his sword and then kills every other soldier who was guarding him. Maximus is {{Badass}}.badass.
8th Nov '16 12:20:45 AM azul120
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* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', after completing a [[ForTheEvulz series of horrific and unimaginable deeds]] to his former friends Guts and Casca, Griffith, now Femto, leaves our StarCrossedLovers unconscious and dying on the ground of hell and is about to let the Apostles finish them off. Luckily for these two, [[MysteriousProtector the Skull Knight]] breaks through the Vortex and [[BigDamnHeroes saves them]] [[JustInTime just in the nick of time]].
* In ''{{Manga/Naruto}}'', at the climax of a heated battle between Sasuke and Itachi, Itachi has Sasuke cornered and is about to take Sasuke's eyes (and the PsychicPowers they impart) for his own. Itachi touches Sasuke on the bridge of his forehead... and then keels over, dead. [[spoiler:Sasuke later finds out that Itachi was suffering from a terminal illness the whole time and was actually implanting his eyes' powers onto Sasuke just before his death.]]
* In ''Manga/PandoraHearts Retrace LXXVIII'', [[spoiler:Oz]] is at [[spoiler:Oswald/Glen]]'s mercy, and the latter has just raised his sword to strike when he's shot in the hand by [[spoiler:Gilbert]]. Of course, since he's NighInvulnerable, [[spoiler:Glen]] didn't die, but [[spoiler:Gil's]] "betrayal" of him was still [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]].

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* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', after completing a [[ForTheEvulz series of horrific and unimaginable deeds]] to his former friends Guts and Casca, Griffith, now Femto, leaves our StarCrossedLovers unconscious and dying on the ground of hell and is about to let the Apostles finish them off. Luckily for these two, [[MysteriousProtector the Skull Knight]] breaks through the Vortex and [[BigDamnHeroes saves them]] [[JustInTime just in the nick of time]].
* In ''{{Manga/Naruto}}'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', at the climax of a heated battle between Sasuke and Itachi, Itachi has Sasuke cornered and is about to take Sasuke's eyes (and the PsychicPowers they impart) for his own. Itachi touches Sasuke on the bridge of his forehead... and then keels over, dead. [[spoiler:Sasuke later finds out that Itachi was suffering from a terminal illness the whole time and was actually implanting his eyes' powers onto Sasuke just before his death.]]
* In ''Manga/PandoraHearts Retrace LXXVIII'', [[spoiler:Oz]] is at [[spoiler:Oswald/Glen]]'s mercy, and the latter has just raised his sword to strike when he's shot in the hand by [[spoiler:Gilbert]]. Of course, since he's NighInvulnerable, [[spoiler:Glen]] didn't die, but [[spoiler:Gil's]] "betrayal" of him was still [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]].SugarWiki/{{heartwarming|Moments}}.


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* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistBrotherhood'', Mustang, who has [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge just incinerated Envy back down to his parasitic state in a vengeful rage]], has the now slug-like homunculus under the sole of his boot and is ready to kill him, until Riza Hawkeye [[ClickHello shows up with a gun to his head]], threatening to kill him per their promise. Scar and Ed soon join them, with Ed springing Envy away from Mustang, who he pointedly asks if [[HeWhoFightsMonsters this is what he wanted to be]] when he were to become Fuhrer. Mustang finally calms down, and after Envy fails at [[BreakingSpeech breaking them by mocking them for their failures]], he [[VillainousBreakdown breaks down in tears]] and [[DrivenToSuicide commits suicide]].
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