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25th Jun '17 8:33:52 PM RGZReGZ
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* Literature/TheBible: Used twice in the Literature/BooksOfSamuel:
** This is [[TropeNamer named for an incident]] where, desiring Uriah's gorgeous wife Bathsheba, King David [[MurderTheHypotenuse had him sent into battle as cannon fodder]]. David had first slept with Bathsheba while her husband was off on the front lines. Then, when David found out he'd gotten Bathsheba pregnant, he tried to cover it up. The first coverup attempt ("Hey, Uriah! Buddy! Doin' a great job as an officer, my man! As a reward, I'm gonna give you a little vacation. Here, have a drink... or two or three... now go home, relax, enjoy an evening with your wife. You've earned it!") failed because Uriah [[TheMenFirst refused to accept privileges that his men weren't being allowed]] ([[ButLiquorIsQuicker even after David got him drunk]]). Being unable to explain away Bathsheba's pregnancy the normal way, David pulled the Uriah Gambit as a [[XanatosSpeedChess probably spur-of-the-moment]] backup plan. Joab, the general David gave the order to (who also knew what David had done), was forced to put all of his troops within arrow range, then pull all of them but Uriah back, to make sure Uriah was killed. In a passive aggressive WhatTheHellHero, Joab returned to Jerusalem to say something along the lines of: "''The deed is done. Oh, and by the way, here are the names of all of the'' other ''guys who had to die by your strategy for no reason''." David [[PyrrhicVictory still married Bathsheba]]. As punishment, God cursed David's house with war and public shame, and his child from adultery was struck with a terrible illness, dying shortly after birth. Said war and shame also resulted in the death of two of David's sons (they were both [[EvilPrince monsters]], but David was still [[HeroicBSOD very torn up about it]]).
** Earlier in 1 Samuel, David was on the receiving end of this, when seeking the hand of King Saul's daughter Michal in marriage. Saul, who didn't like David and saw him as a threat to his authority (especially after the whole Goliath thing), but couldn't kill or banish David because he was charismatic and popular (especially after that whole Goliath thing), sent David on a number of impossible missions from which Saul did not expect David to return. Inevitably, David survived, often doing ''more'' than Saul requested (for instance, in the famous quest to take [[TwentyBearAsses 100 foreskins of the Philistines]]--which meant "fight 100 Philistines, kill them, and ''disfigure their corpses''", not exactly an easy task--David took ''200''), much to Saul's chagrin. Eventually, Saul just gave up and let David marry Michal.



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* Literature/TheBible: Used twice in the Literature/BooksOfSamuel:
** This is [[TropeNamer named for an incident]] where, desiring Uriah's gorgeous wife Bathsheba, King David [[MurderTheHypotenuse had him sent into battle as cannon fodder]]. David had first slept with Bathsheba while her husband was off on the front lines. Then, when David found out he'd gotten Bathsheba pregnant, he tried to cover it up. The first coverup attempt ("Hey, Uriah! Buddy! Doin' a great job as an officer, my man! As a reward, I'm gonna give you a little vacation. Here, have a drink... or two or three... now go home, relax, enjoy an evening with your wife. You've earned it!") failed because Uriah [[TheMenFirst refused to accept privileges that his men weren't being allowed]] ([[ButLiquorIsQuicker even after David got him drunk]]). Being unable to explain away Bathsheba's pregnancy the normal way, David pulled the Uriah Gambit as a [[XanatosSpeedChess probably spur-of-the-moment]] backup plan. Joab, the general David gave the order to (who also knew what David had done), was forced to put all of his troops within arrow range, then pull all of them but Uriah back, to make sure Uriah was killed. In a passive aggressive WhatTheHellHero, Joab returned to Jerusalem to say something along the lines of: "''The deed is done. Oh, and by the way, here are the names of all of the'' other ''guys who had to die by your strategy for no reason''." David [[PyrrhicVictory still married Bathsheba]]. As punishment, God cursed David's house with war and public shame, and his child from adultery was struck with a terrible illness, dying shortly after birth. Said war and shame also resulted in the death of two of David's sons (they were both [[EvilPrince monsters]], but David was still [[HeroicBSOD very torn up about it]]).
** Earlier in 1 Samuel, David was on the receiving end of this, when seeking the hand of King Saul's daughter Michal in marriage. Saul, who didn't like David and saw him as a threat to his authority (especially after the whole Goliath thing), but couldn't kill or banish David because he was charismatic and popular (especially after that whole Goliath thing), sent David on a number of impossible missions from which Saul did not expect David to return. Inevitably, David survived, often doing ''more'' than Saul requested (for instance, in the famous quest to take [[TwentyBearAsses 100 foreskins of the Philistines]]--which meant "fight 100 Philistines, kill them, and ''disfigure their corpses''", not exactly an easy task--David took ''200''), much to Saul's chagrin. Eventually, Saul just gave up and let David marry Michal.
11th Jun '17 2:46:40 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' Loghain first tries to get Cailain to wait for reinforcements then tries to keep him from being on the front lines. When both attempts fail and the signal fire is late, Loghain simply leaves with the rest of the men rather than charging in as they had planned. There is much argument among both fans and various characters as to whether he was intending for Cailan to die or simply trying to save as much of the army as he could thanks to the beacon fire being late. Either way, he isn't too broken up about it and refuses to admit his own role. [[spoiler:Even if you recruit him he maintains that he was not trying to get Cailan killed but simply could not save him from his own foolishness. Buuut then again, other actions immediately before the battle hint that he was plotting something anyway.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' Loghain first tries to get Cailain to wait for reinforcements then tries to keep him from being on the front lines. When both attempts fail and the signal fire is late, Loghain simply leaves with the rest of the men rather than charging in as they had planned. There is much argument among both fans and various characters as to whether he was intending for Cailan to die or simply trying to save as much of the army as he could thanks to the beacon fire being late. Either way, he isn't too broken up about it and refuses to admit his own role. [[spoiler:Even if you recruit him he maintains that he was not trying to get Cailan killed but simply could not save him from his own foolishness. Buuut then again, other actions immediately before the battle hint that he was plotting something anyway.anyway, since Cailan was about to callously divorce his HotConsort Anora... aka [[PapaWolf Loghain's]] [[DaddysGirl beloved daughter]].]]
9th Jun '17 3:51:17 PM sephjnr
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* ''Film/WhereEaglesDare'' plays with this - [[MoleInCharge Colonel Turner]] sends his goons along with the rescue party to ensure Major Smith is killed or captured with no loose ends; the film then subverts the trope by revealing both Smith and Admiral Rolland knew Turner et. al. were German spies, but had to set up the mission to collect evidence.
27th May '17 8:04:40 PM nmn3r3
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* The first mission given to you by Prince [=LaCroix=] in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' is a variation of this trope; once he realizes killing you in public would become a PR nightmare, he gives you a mission that would simply get rid of you... And if you by some incredible good stroke of fortune happen to succeed, well, [[XanatosGambit that suits his purposes just as well]]. [[spoiler:The last mission he gives you, which consists of making you find Nines and then setting fire to the forest next to your meeting place so the werewolves'll get you both, is an even better example.]]
** You can reasonably argue that ''all'' of [=LaCroix's=] missions are an example of this. [[FridgeBrilliance Or did you think that being sent all by yourself against increasingly suicidal odds was just a gaming convention?]]

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* The first mission given to you by Prince [=LaCroix=] in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' is a variation of this trope; once he realizes killing you in public would become a PR nightmare, he gives you a mission that would simply get rid of you... And if you by some incredible good stroke of fortune happen to succeed, well, [[XanatosGambit that suits his purposes just as well]]. [[spoiler:The last mission he gives you, which consists of making you find Nines and then setting fire to the forest next to your meeting place so the werewolves'll get you both, is an even better example.]]
** You can reasonably argue that
In fact, ''all'' of [=LaCroix's=] missions are an example of this. [[FridgeBrilliance Or did you think that being sent all by yourself against increasingly suicidal odds was just a gaming convention?]]convention?]] It helps that he can [[MindControl Dominate]] [[ButThouMust you into compliance]] if you refuse to obey him. [[spoiler:The last mission he gives you, which consists of making you find Nines and then setting fire to the forest next to your meeting place so the werewolves'll get you both, is the point when he's decided that he can't risk you surviving any further.]]
20th May '17 5:07:26 PM nombretomado
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* Askeladd from ''VinlandSaga'' uses this gambit to facilitate his EvilPlan to remove a rival from the game.

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* Askeladd from ''VinlandSaga'' ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' uses this gambit to facilitate his EvilPlan to remove a rival from the game.
20th May '17 3:13:04 PM nombretomado
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* The first mission given to you by Prince [=LaCroix=] in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' is a variation of this trope; once he realizes killing you in public would become a PR nightmare, he gives you a mission that would simply get rid of you... And if you by some incredible good stroke of fortune happen to succeed, well, [[XanatosGambit that suits his purposes just as well]]. [[spoiler:The last mission he gives you, which consists of making you find Nines and then setting fire to the forest next to your meeting place so the werewolves'll get you both, is an even better example.]]

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* The first mission given to you by Prince [=LaCroix=] in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' is a variation of this trope; once he realizes killing you in public would become a PR nightmare, he gives you a mission that would simply get rid of you... And if you by some incredible good stroke of fortune happen to succeed, well, [[XanatosGambit that suits his purposes just as well]]. [[spoiler:The last mission he gives you, which consists of making you find Nines and then setting fire to the forest next to your meeting place so the werewolves'll get you both, is an even better example.]]
19th May '17 9:28:55 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'', the Kel Command agrees to send Jedao to recapture the Fortress of Scattered Needles partly in hopes that he'd either get killed off for good or give them a reason to disregard CantKillYouStillNeedYou.
4th May '17 11:29:32 AM ngh93
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'', the evil [[GeneralRipper general Mandible]] sends the part of the ant colony army loyal to the queen to be slaughtered in a war against the termites that he secretly orchestrated in the first place, to make sure that he'll have only loyal followers in his plot to seize power. ''Both'' sides are completely destroyed, and only Z [[note]] who's ''not even a soldier''; just a worker impersonating one and he ended up getting dragged into the war [[/note]] survives through sheer luck.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'', the evil [[GeneralRipper general Mandible]] sends the part of the ant colony army loyal to the queen to be slaughtered in a war against the termites that he secretly orchestrated in the first place, to make sure that he'll have only loyal followers in his plot to seize power. ''Both'' sides are completely destroyed, and only Z [[note]] who's ''not even a soldier''; just a worker impersonating one and he ended up getting got dragged into the war [[/note]] survives through sheer luck.
4th May '17 7:34:09 AM ngh93
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'', the evil [[GeneralRipper general Mandible]] sends the part of the ant colony army loyal to the queen to be slaughtered in a war against the termites that he secretly orchestrated in the first place, to make sure that he'll have only loyal followers in his plot to seize power. ''Both'' sides are completely destroyed, and only Z [[note]] who's ''not even a soldier'', just a worker impersonating one and ended up getting dragged into the war [[/note]] survives through sheer luck.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'', the evil [[GeneralRipper general Mandible]] sends the part of the ant colony army loyal to the queen to be slaughtered in a war against the termites that he secretly orchestrated in the first place, to make sure that he'll have only loyal followers in his plot to seize power. ''Both'' sides are completely destroyed, and only Z [[note]] who's ''not even a soldier'', soldier''; just a worker impersonating one and he ended up getting dragged into the war [[/note]] survives through sheer luck.
3rd May '17 2:28:47 PM ngh93
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'', the evil [[GeneralRipper general Mandible]] sends the part of the ant colony army loyal to the queen to be slaughtered in a war against the termites that he secretly orchestrated in the first place, to make sure that he'll have only loyal followers in his plot to seize power. ''Both'' sides are completely destroyed, and only Z [[note]]who's ''not even a soldier''; just a worker impersonating one who got dragged into the war [[/note]] survives through sheer luck.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'', the evil [[GeneralRipper general Mandible]] sends the part of the ant colony army loyal to the queen to be slaughtered in a war against the termites that he secretly orchestrated in the first place, to make sure that he'll have only loyal followers in his plot to seize power. ''Both'' sides are completely destroyed, and only Z [[note]]who's [[note]] who's ''not even a soldier''; soldier'', just a worker impersonating one who got and ended up getting dragged into the war [[/note]] survives through sheer luck.
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