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5th Sep '16 6:52:57 AM erforce
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* The ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' movie has the pyramid filled with hieroglyphs which include the details on how the ancient civilization ended. One wonders who was around to add those details, since all of the humans were dead and the Predators apparently abandoned it for thousands of years.

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* The ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' movie ''Film/AVPAlienVsPredator'' has the pyramid filled with hieroglyphs which include the details on how the ancient civilization ended. One wonders who was around to add those details, since all of the humans were dead and the Predators apparently abandoned it for thousands of years.
20th Aug '16 1:29:40 AM BlackHumor
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This of course raises the question of where the legend came from, if nobody has ever lived to talk about it? Perhaps the author was undead. Or the monster. Or both.

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This of course raises the question of where the legend came from, if nobody has ever lived to talk about it? Perhaps the author was undead. Or (Or the monster. Or both.
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26th Jun '16 7:17:18 PM Samual_Ranger
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* Miss. Addison Constance Loveworth from ''Webcomic/IronGate'' is a proper 19th century lady who just loves answering her fans' questions, she just happens to be a vampire.
26th Jun '16 11:43:48 AM KaiYves
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* The fourth entry in [[http://dcist.com/2011/05/overheard_in_dc_end_of_the_world.php this]] ''Overheard in [[WashingtonDC DC]]'' involves a woman reading the book that ''Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours'' was based on and not wanting spoilers about if the author lived or died.

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* The fourth entry in [[http://dcist.com/2011/05/overheard_in_dc_end_of_the_world.php this]] ''Overheard in [[WashingtonDC DC]]'' involves a woman reading the book that ''Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours'' was based on and not wanting spoilers about if the author lived or died. (The book is Aaron Ralston's own first-person memoir of his experience.)
25th Jun '16 5:10:25 PM thatother1dude
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This of course [[FridgeLogic raises the question]] of where the legend came from, if nobody has ever lived to talk about it? Perhaps the author was undead. Or the monster. Or both.

Compare DidYouDie No relation to DeathOfTheAuthor. ApocalypticLog is another possible explanation.

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This of course [[FridgeLogic raises the question]] question of where the legend came from, if nobody has ever lived to talk about it? Perhaps the author was undead. Or the monster. Or both.

Compare DidYouDie DidYouDie. No relation to DeathOfTheAuthor. ApocalypticLog is another possible explanation.
explanation.

Contrast SpareAMessenger, where the one who commits an act deliberately leaves survivors to bear witness.



* Averted in ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', where Pierrot le Fou leaves ''almost'' no-one alive from his attacks, although the ones that do survive to tell the tale are eventually all hunted down and killed anyway.
** He's so little known that Spike, a professional bounty hunter, has ''no idea who the hell is attacking him.''



-->'''Naruto:''' He got me with this jutsu once! It's really bad, really bad! If you get caught in it, it's over!
-->'''[[spoiler: Itachi]]:''' Hey, Naruto...If it's a sure death, how come you're still alive?
-->'''Naruto:''' O_O

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-->'''Naruto:''' He got me with this jutsu once! It's really bad, really bad! If you get caught in it, it's over!
-->'''[[spoiler:
over!\\
'''[[spoiler:
Itachi]]:''' Hey, Naruto...If it's a sure death, how come you're still alive?
-->'''Naruto:'''
alive?\\
'''Naruto:'''
O_O



* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', Shan Yu's army leaves two Chinese soldiers alive to warn the emperor that he's coming. As they flee, Shan Yu asks his archer how many people it takes to deliver a message. The archer says "Only one" and nocks an arrow...



* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', it is stated that the Dread Pirate Roberts "never [leaves] captives alive." One wonders why anyone would ever surrender to him.
** In the book it's made clear this only applies if they fight, if they just hand over the valuables they can go. This was [[PragmaticVillainy the whole point of building the reputation in the first place]]; a technique used sometimes by Real Life pirates.
** And nobody has ever survived the Fire Swamp though they somehow all know its dangers, including the R.O.U.S.es. Again made clear in the book, where lots of people had survived going in, they just hadn't successfully ''crossed'' it.
* Specifically averted by ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'' in which the title characters always leave alive one witness to tell the tale. (This turns into a plot point at one stage of the story.)

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* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', it ''Film/ThePrincessBride'':
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is stated that the Dread Pirate Roberts "never [leaves] captives alive." One wonders why anyone would ever surrender to him.
**
him. In the book it's made clear this only applies if they fight, if they just hand over the valuables they can go. This was [[PragmaticVillainy the whole point of building the reputation in the first place]]; a technique used sometimes by Real Life pirates.
** And nobody Nobody has ever survived the Fire Swamp Swamp, though they somehow all know its dangers, including the R.O.U.S.es. Again made clear in the book, where lots of people had survived going in, they just hadn't successfully ''crossed'' it.
* Specifically averted by ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'' in which the title characters always leave alive one witness to tell the tale. (This turns into a plot point at one stage of the story.)
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* Averted in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''; the titular Basterds always leave one [[strike:Nazi]] Nat-zee alive to spread the word about them.[[note]]That's how the story goes, anyhow. The Basterds actually spare the first Nazi willing to betray their side by telling the Basterds what they want to know. Obviously, this cowardice would be punishable by execution if the Nazi's superiors knew about it, to discourage other cowardly Nazis from doing it in the future. Hence, the official reason they're spared is to spread the word, and the Nazi's superiors are content to order them not to tell anyone.[[/note]] But not before carving a Swastika into their foreheads, so even if they ''don't'' tell the story, other people will know it.
* The ''AlienVsPredator'' movie has the pyramid filled with hieroglyphs which include the details on how the ancient civilization ended. One wonders who was around to add those details, since all of the humans were dead and the Predators apparently abandoned it for thousands of years.

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* Averted in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''; the titular Basterds always leave one [[strike:Nazi]] Nat-zee alive to spread the word about them.[[note]]That's how the story goes, anyhow. The Basterds actually spare the first Nazi willing to betray their side by telling the Basterds what they want to know. Obviously, this cowardice would be punishable by execution if the Nazi's superiors knew about it, to discourage other cowardly Nazis from doing it in the future. Hence, the official reason they're spared is to spread the word, and the Nazi's superiors are content to order them not to tell anyone.[[/note]] But not before carving a Swastika into their foreheads, so even if they ''don't'' tell the story, other people will know it.
* The ''AlienVsPredator'' ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' movie has the pyramid filled with hieroglyphs which include the details on how the ancient civilization ended. One wonders who was around to add those details, since all of the humans were dead and the Predators apparently abandoned it for thousands of years.



-->'''Homer''': [reading] Then I heard the sound that all Arctic explorers dread... the pitiless bark of the sea lion! [gasp] He'll be killed!
-->'''Marge''': Homer, he obviously got out alive if he wrote the article.
-->'''Homer''': Don't be so... [flips ahead] Oh, you're right.

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-->'''Homer''': [reading] Then I heard the sound that all Arctic explorers dread... the pitiless bark of the sea lion! [gasp] He'll be killed!
-->'''Marge''':
killed!\\
'''Marge''':
Homer, he obviously got out alive if he wrote the article.
-->'''Homer''':
article.\\
'''Homer''':
Don't be so... [flips ahead] Oh, you're right.
9th Jun '16 6:31:29 PM EricKei
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* The singer of ''[[Music/WeirdAlYankovic Everything You Know Is Wrong]]'' gets his organs removed by aliens, but doesn't even die until the next verse (for different reasons), after which he goes on to narrate what happened after that:
--> "When I got a nasty papercut/And, well, to make a long story short/It got infected and I died/So now I'm up in heaven with St. Peter/By the pearly gates..."
31st May '16 8:27:00 AM ChronoLegion
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* Averted in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' where the last dozen [[BenevolentPrecursors Protheans]] who survived the Reaper genocide dedicated their lives to sabotage the Reaper plans for the next extermination cycle, [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture giving their successors a fighting chance against the next Reaper invasion.]] Their efforts culminated in Vigil, a VI set up to tell the next sentient races about the Prothean's ultimate fate.

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* Averted in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' where the last dozen [[BenevolentPrecursors Protheans]] who survived the Reaper genocide dedicated their lives to sabotage the Reaper plans for the next extermination cycle, [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture giving their successors a fighting chance against the next Reaper invasion.]] Their efforts culminated in Vigil, a VI set up to tell the next sentient races about the Prothean's ultimate fate. In the third game, we meet Javik, the last Prothean, who has survived as a HumanPopsicle.
31st May '16 8:25:30 AM ChronoLegion
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** The narrator of the [[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones third game]] in the series is Kaileena, [[spoiler:except she is dead, killed by the Vizier early in the game. However, since she exists out of time, she's not completely dead]].
3rd May '16 5:27:28 PM KaiYves
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* "True Story" by ShelSilverstein describes a list of misfortunes that befell the narrator, who kept escaping only to get into worse and worse danger until an eagle drops him in a boiling lake a thousand miles wide... "And you'll never guess what I did then-- I DIED!"
29th Jan '16 8:44:45 PM Pilomotor
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* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'' cartoon where a story of a co-worker killing an entire field hockey team and not leaving survivors was learned from reading it on her website.

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* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'' cartoon where they discuss a story of a co-worker killing an entire field hockey team and not leaving survivors was learned from reading it any survivors. Someone points out that it's a very detailed account for an incident that's not supposed to have any witnesses. It turns out that killer herself posted the story on her website.
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