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2nd Dec '16 2:01:20 PM Morgenthaler
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** And again in "Sundown" where [[spoiler: Dogan sends Sayid out to kill [[BigBad Esau/NotLocke/Jacob's Enemy]] with a knife. Sayid, being the survivalist BadAss that he is, knows it's a UriahGambit but goes anyway. He lives. [[HeelFaceTurn Dogan doesn't.]]]]

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** And again in "Sundown" where [[spoiler: Dogan sends Sayid out to kill [[BigBad Esau/NotLocke/Jacob's Enemy]] with a knife. Sayid, being the survivalist BadAss badass that he is, knows it's a UriahGambit but goes anyway. He lives. [[HeelFaceTurn Dogan doesn't.]]]]
29th Nov '16 11:26:02 PM DiscoVader
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** In a bit of a twist, the fact that the position of Arbiter is an UriahGambit isn't hidden from the one chosen during [[VideoGame/Halo2 Halo 2's]] events at all. It's bluntly stated to his face that he is expected to take the mantel and die as an alternative form of execution for his failure in letting Halo be destroyed. In a further twist, he is the only one to NOT die during his time as the Arbiter, but in fact outlives the entire Covenant religion, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain and the Prophets who called for his execution in the fist place.]]

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** In a bit of a twist, the fact that the position of Arbiter is an UriahGambit isn't hidden from the one chosen during [[VideoGame/Halo2 Halo 2's]] events at all. It's bluntly stated to his face that he is expected to take the mantel and die as an alternative form of execution for his failure in letting Halo be destroyed. In a further twist, not only is he is the only one to NOT die during his time as the Arbiter, but he in fact outlives the entire Covenant religion, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain and as well as the Prophets Prophets]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard who called for his execution in the fist place.]]
29th Nov '16 11:20:49 PM DiscoVader
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* The position of [[VideoGame/Halo2 the Arbiter]] is used as such by the Prophets when a particular Elite gains too much prestige or political power, or alternatively commits a heinous offense while remaining too useful to simply execute. The position is itself a sort of WhiteElephant; the role of Arbiter is the right hand of the Covenant religion as a whole, wielding enormous power during times of great strife, and can restore the honor of an otherwise disgraced Elite - but the events that they are called into service for are so great that they WILL inevitably kill the Arbiter in question. As the Prophet of Truth states, they are "created and consumed in times of extraordinary crisis".
** In a bit of a twist, the fact that the position of Arbiter is an UriahGambit isn't hidden from the one chosen during [[VideoGame/Halo2 Halo 2's]] events at all. It's bluntly stated to his face that he is expected to take the mantel and die as an alternative form of execution for his failure in letting Halo be destroyed. In a further twist, he is the only one to NOT die during his time as the Arbiter, but in fact outlives the entire Covenant religion, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain and the Prophets who called for his execution in the fist place.]]
22nd Nov '16 6:28:18 PM PaulA
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* [[ChildeCycle "One-fourth of Rochmont's fighting strength--one battalion of Dorsai--were sent by Rochmont forth alone, to bleed Helmuth, and die."]] These being [[BadassArmy Dorsai]], it didn't turn out well for Helmuth, and even less so for Rochmont. "No more is there a Rochmont town, no more are Rochmont's men. But stands a Dorsai monument to Colonel Jacques Chrétien."

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* [[ChildeCycle The Literature/ChildeCycle novella "Brothers" recounts an incident in which a commandant sent an entire contingent of Dorsai (BadassArmy mercenaries) into a certain-death situation, hoping to damage the enemy ''and'' avoid having to pay the Dorsai afterward. "One-fourth of Rochmont's fighting strength--one battalion of Dorsai--were sent by Rochmont forth alone, to bleed Helmuth, and die."]] These being [[BadassArmy Dorsai]], it " It didn't turn out well for Helmuth, and even less so for Rochmont. "No more is there a Rochmont town, no more are Rochmont's men. But stands a Dorsai monument to Colonel Jacques Chrétien."
11th Nov '16 4:45:04 PM triscion
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* In the Dark Brotherhood questline of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', [[spoiler:Astrid sends the player to poison the Emperor. After the deed is done however, Commander Maro, leader of the [[PraetorianGuard Penitus Oculatus]] states that the man you killed was a decoy and Astrid sent the player up in exchange for the Penitus Oculatus leaving the Brotherhood alone. Unfortunately for her, Maro hasn't exactly forgiven her for having his son assassinated and declared a traitor so he decides to kill you and the rest of the Brotherhood.]]

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* In the Dark Brotherhood questline of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', [[spoiler:Astrid sends the player to poison the Emperor. After the deed is done however, Commander Maro, leader of the [[PraetorianGuard Penitus Oculatus]] states that the man you killed was a decoy and Astrid sent the player up in exchange for the Penitus Oculatus leaving the Brotherhood alone. Unfortunately for her, Maro hasn't exactly forgiven her for having had no intention of keeping his end of the deal, as the Brotherhood (i.e. ''you'' in a previous mission) killed his son assassinated and declared framed him for treason. After dealing with you, Maro leads a traitor so he decides detachment of soldiers to kill you the Brotherhood's Sanctuary and the rest of the Brotherhood.torches it, killing (almost) everyone inside.]]
5th Nov '16 1:04:07 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheWheelOfTime'', Rand al'Thor only brings his enemies on a campaign to fight the [[spoiler:Seanchan]]. Why waste good men?

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* In ''TheWheelOfTime'', ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Rand al'Thor only brings his enemies on a campaign to fight the [[spoiler:Seanchan]]. Why waste good men?



** This was also the reason that Palpatine supported the OutboundFlight project. Eighteen Jedi, six of them Masters, heading off on a dangerous mission into the Unknown Regions... why, ''anything'' could happen out there. The fifty thousand civilians with them? Too bad.
* In ''Strength and Honor'', book four of the TourOfTheMerrimack series by R. M. Meluch, the emperor of Rome packs his space fleet ([[RecycledInSPACE yes, you read that right]]) with political enemies. [[SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder If they win, good. If they lose, good.]]

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** This was also the reason that Palpatine supported the OutboundFlight Literature/OutboundFlight project. Eighteen Jedi, six of them Masters, heading off on a dangerous mission into the Unknown Regions... why, ''anything'' could happen out there. The fifty thousand civilians with them? Too bad.
* In ''Strength and Honor'', book four of the TourOfTheMerrimack Literature/TourOfTheMerrimack series by R. M. Meluch, the emperor of Rome packs his space fleet ([[RecycledInSPACE yes, you read that right]]) with political enemies. [[SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder If they win, good. If they lose, good.]]
31st Oct '16 1:19:58 PM JohnPrestwick
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* The whole plot of ''Discworld/GoingPostal''. Moist von Lipwig, who was sentenced to death for fraud, is instead tasked with reviving the Post Office. The last four Postmasters have all died on the job.
24th Oct '16 5:35:35 PM MasterGhandalf
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* At the end of the first book of ''Literature/TheLightbringerSeries'', [[DarkMessiah the Color Prince]] successfully pulls one of these on his alleged master, [[BigBadWannabe King Garadul]]. The Color Prince convinces Garadul (already hot-headed and erratic) to [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething fight on the front lines]], allegedly to inspire their soldiers but in fully knowledge that there are numerous combatants on the other side capable of killing Garadul and willing to go out of their way to do it. Sure enough, Garadul dies, the Color Prince gets to promote himself from DragonInChief to full BigBad, and he gets to cement his followers loyalty by using Garadul as a martyr.
8th Oct '16 3:24:17 PM GottaHaveFaith
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** In Season 4, Alliser Thorne and Janos Slynt attempt this against [[HeroicBastard Jon Snow]] by allowing him to lead a dangerous mission against a group of mutineers from the Night's Watch, knowing that he's quite popular within the Watch and might actually have a chance of becoming the next Lord Commander if they don't. Ultimately, they fail (as Jon succeeds in his mission, arguably boosting his popularity even more), and in the next season, Jon ''does'' become the new Lord Commander.

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** In Season 4, Alliser Thorne and Janos Slynt attempt this against [[HeroicBastard Jon Snow]] by allowing him to lead a dangerous mission against a group of mutineers from the Night's Watch, knowing hoping that he'll die in the attempt, since they know that he's quite popular within the Watch and might actually have a chance of becoming the next Lord Commander if they don't.don't take steps to ensure otherwise. Ultimately, they fail (as Jon succeeds in his mission, arguably boosting his popularity even more), and in the next season, Jon ''does'' become the new Lord Commander.
8th Oct '16 3:22:26 PM GottaHaveFaith
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Tyrion suspects (with good reason) that his father Tywin is pulling this on him by making him lead the inexperienced Mountain Clans in battle. He calls him out on it too, saying that there have to be less costly means of getting him killed.
** In Season 4, Alleser and Janos attempt this against [[HeroicBastard Jon Snow]], knowing that he's quite popular within the Night's Watch and might actually attain command if they don't.

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Near the end of Season 1,
Tyrion suspects (with good reason) that his father Tywin is pulling this on him by making him lead the inexperienced Mountain Clans in battle. He calls him out on it too, saying that there have to be less costly means of getting him killed.
** In Season 4, Alleser Alliser Thorne and Janos Slynt attempt this against [[HeroicBastard Jon Snow]], Snow]] by allowing him to lead a dangerous mission against a group of mutineers from the Night's Watch, knowing that he's quite popular within the Night's Watch and might actually attain command have a chance of becoming the next Lord Commander if they don't.don't. Ultimately, they fail (as Jon succeeds in his mission, arguably boosting his popularity even more), and in the next season, Jon ''does'' become the new Lord Commander.
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