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18th May '16 1:03:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', an Earth Kingdom soldier mentions that one way the Fire Nation deals with war prisoners is dressing them up in military uniforms and sending them to the front lines without weapons.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
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In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', an Earth Kingdom soldier mentions that one way the Fire Nation deals with war prisoners is dressing them up in military uniforms and sending them to the front lines without weapons.



*** Itís pretty heavily implied in canon that Ozaiís intention in exiling Zuko until he captured the Avatar was a XanatosGambit: if Zuko brought back the Avatar, that was an near-guarantee of Fire Nation victory in the war; if Zuko got himself killed, Ozai could replace him as heir with his brilliant and talented younger sister, whose ambitions and morals are totally in line with Ozaiís. [[spoiler:Luckily, Zuko ends up choosing to TakeAThirdOption and defect. Eventually.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', the Tallest, the leaders of the Irkens, send Zim to "invade" an uncharted area they assume has no planets in it, inhabited or otherwise, because they don't want him [[SpannerInTheWorks screwing up any invasions]]. [[HilarityEnsues It turns out to be Earth]].

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*** Itís pretty heavily implied in canon that Ozaiís intention in exiling Zuko until he captured the Avatar was a XanatosGambit: if Zuko brought back the Avatar, that was an near-guarantee of Fire Nation victory in the war; if Zuko got himself killed, Ozai could replace him as heir with his brilliant and talented younger sister, whose ambitions and morals are totally in line with Ozaiís. [[spoiler:Luckily, Zuko ends up choosing to TakeAThirdOption and defect. Eventually.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', the ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'':
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Tallest, the leaders of the Irkens, send Zim to "invade" an uncharted area they assume has no planets in it, inhabited or otherwise, because they don't want him [[SpannerInTheWorks screwing up any invasions]]. [[HilarityEnsues It turns out to be Earth]].



*** The Tallest being [[{{Jerkass}} who they]] [[FauxAffablyEvil are,]] they solve both problems by shooting both Zim and the guy who won the bet into the center of a sun.



* ''ReBoot'' has Megabyte do this to his own henchmen Hack & Slash because he's sick of their incompetence.

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* ''ReBoot'' ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' has Megabyte do this to his own henchmen Hack & Slash because he's sick of their incompetence.
18th May '16 12:59:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* One episode of ''SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury'', "The Crooked Man", is based on the above mentioned literary example. In this case, [[spoiler:the gambit involved the man convincing his co-worker to undergo an experimental genetic process they were working on, then sabotaging it, all so he could marry the co-workers fiance. Whether or not he'd hoped it'd kill the co-worker is uncertain, but it did leave the poor guy as a lion/human hybrid who had to hide from society at large.]]

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* One episode of ''SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury'', ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury'', "The Crooked Man", is based on the above mentioned literary example. In this case, [[spoiler:the gambit involved the man convincing his co-worker to undergo an experimental genetic process they were working on, then sabotaging it, all so he could marry the co-workers fiance. Whether or not he'd hoped it'd kill the co-worker is uncertain, but it did leave the poor guy as a lion/human hybrid who had to hide from society at large.]]
13th May '16 10:05:57 PM TraceurTropeur
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* In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', it's the key point of Clayton's plan to capture the gorillas. He knew Tarzan was a powerful and agile individual who wouldn't like it if someone laid a finger on his gorilla family, so he set him up in a situation that would potentially (and in fact ''did'') overwhelm him: have his thugs jump at him ALL AT ONCE ''as soon'' as he stepped on the ship that would allegedly head back to England, so that they'd try and capture him in the ship's limited area, which Tarzan couldn't properly traverse due to his impractical choice of footwear. Needless to say, despite the ape man's skills, Clayton succeedeed in capturing him.



* In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', it's the key point of Clayton's plan to capture the gorillas. He knew Tarzan was a powerful and agile individual who wouldn't like it if someone laid a finger on his gorilla family, so he set him up in a situation that would potentially (and in fact ''did'') overwhelm him: have his thugs jump at him ALL AT ONCE ''as soon'' as he stepped on the ship that would allegedly head back to England, so that they'd try and capture him in the ship's limited area, which Tarzan couldn't properly traverse due to his impractical choice of footwear. Needless to say, despite the ape man's skills, Clayton succeedeed in capturing him.

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* In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', it's the key point of Clayton's plan to capture the gorillas. He knew Tarzan was a powerful and agile individual who wouldn't like it if someone laid a finger on his gorilla family, so he set him up in a situation that would potentially (and in fact ''did'') overwhelm him: have his thugs jump at him ALL AT ONCE ''as soon'' as he stepped on the ship that would allegedly head back to England, so that they'd try and capture him in the ship's limited area, which Tarzan couldn't properly traverse due to his impractical choice of footwear. Needless to say, despite the ape man's skills, Clayton succeedeed in capturing him.
13th May '16 10:04:42 PM TraceurTropeur
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* In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', it's the key point of Clayton's plan to capture the gorillas. He knew Tarzan was a powerful and agile individual who wouldn't like it if someone laid a finger on his gorilla family, so he set him up in a situation that would potentially (and in fact ''did'') overwhelm him: have his thugs jump at him ALL AT ONCE ''as soon'' as he stepped on the ship that would allegedly head back to England, so that they'd try and capture him in the ship's limited area, which Tarzan couldn't properly traverse due to his impractical choice of footwear. Needless to say, despite the ape man's skills, Clayton succeedeed in capturing him.
13th May '16 3:43:05 PM Ninja857142
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** 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''." 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. David [[PyrrhicVictory still married Bathsheba]], and had a second child with her named Solomon.

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** 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 [[PyrrhicVictory was still married Bathsheba]], and had a second child with her named Solomon.[[HeroicBSOD very torn up about it]]).
8th May '16 2:33:15 PM karstovich2
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* Also from Myth/GreekMythology, Bellerophon. He refused the advances of the queen of Tiryns, who then [[WoundedGazelleGambit tricked her husband Proetus into believing that Bellerophon had tried to rape her]]. Bound by SacredHospitality not to kill his guest, Proetus sends Bellerophon to his father-in-law Iobates, King of Lycia, [[PleaseShootTheMessenger bearing a missive detailing what Proetus thought Bellerophon had done and asking Iobates kill its bearer]]. However, before reading the missive, Iobates had feasted well with Bellerophone, and after he actually bothered to read his son-in-law's letter, Iobates realized that simply killing Bellerophon [[SacredHospitality might bring divine wrath upon the kingdom]]. Instead, Iobates repeatedly sent Bellerophon on suicidal missions where he continuously succeeded. Unfortunately, this continued success [[{{Pride}} got to Bellerophon's head]], earning him the wrath of Zeus, who [[BoltOfDivineRetribution struck him down]].

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* Also from Myth/GreekMythology, Bellerophon. He refused the advances of the queen of Tiryns, who then [[WoundedGazelleGambit tricked her husband Proetus into believing that Bellerophon had tried to rape her]]. Bound by SacredHospitality not to kill his guest, Proetus sends Bellerophon to his father-in-law Iobates, King of Lycia, [[PleaseShootTheMessenger bearing a missive detailing what Proetus thought Bellerophon had done and asking Iobates the recipient of the message--i.e. Iobates--to kill its bearer]]. bearer--i.e. Bellerophon]]. However, before reading the missive, Iobates had feasted well with Bellerophone, Bellerophon, and after he actually bothered to read his son-in-law's letter, Iobates realized that simply killing Bellerophon [[SacredHospitality might bring divine wrath upon the kingdom]]. Instead, Iobates repeatedly sent Bellerophon on suicidal missions where he continuously succeeded. Unfortunately, this continued success [[{{Pride}} got to Bellerophon's head]], earning him the wrath of Zeus, who [[BoltOfDivineRetribution struck him down]].
8th May '16 2:31:23 PM karstovich2
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* Also from Myth/GreekMythology, Bellerophon. He refused the advances of the queen of Tiryns, who then [[WoundedGazelleGambit tricked her husband Proetus into believing that Bellerophon had tried to rape her]]. Bound by SacredHospitality not to kill his guest, Proetus sends Bellerophon to his father-in-law Iobates, King of Lycia, [[PleaseShootTheMessenger bearing a missive that asked the king to kill its bearer]]. Before reading it, the two had feasted well together and Iobates realized that simply killing Bellerophon [[SacredHospitality might bring divine wrath upon the kingdom]]. Instead, Iobates repeatedly sent Bellerophon on suicidal missions where he continuously succeeded; this unfortunately [[{{Pride}} got to the hero's head]], earning him the wrath of Zeus, who [[BoltOfDivineRetribution struck him down]].
* Most of Hercule's Labors were attempts to get him killed. They failed since Hercules was the WorldsStrongestMan and a [[GuileHero cle]][[IndyPloy ver]] one too. The labor of cleaning the Augean Stables (which had never been cleaned since ''ever'') was unique in that it was meant to humiliate Hercules instead of kill him. Backfired when Hercules ''diverted a river into the Stables''.

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* Also from Myth/GreekMythology, Bellerophon. He refused the advances of the queen of Tiryns, who then [[WoundedGazelleGambit tricked her husband Proetus into believing that Bellerophon had tried to rape her]]. Bound by SacredHospitality not to kill his guest, Proetus sends Bellerophon to his father-in-law Iobates, King of Lycia, [[PleaseShootTheMessenger bearing a missive that asked the king to detailing what Proetus thought Bellerophon had done and asking Iobates kill its bearer]]. Before However, before reading it, the two missive, Iobates had feasted well together with Bellerophone, and after he actually bothered to read his son-in-law's letter, Iobates realized that simply killing Bellerophon [[SacredHospitality might bring divine wrath upon the kingdom]]. Instead, Iobates repeatedly sent Bellerophon on suicidal missions where he continuously succeeded; succeeded. Unfortunately, this unfortunately continued success [[{{Pride}} got to the hero's Bellerophon's head]], earning him the wrath of Zeus, who [[BoltOfDivineRetribution struck him down]].
* Most of Hercule's Hercules' Labors were attempts to get him killed. They failed since Hercules was the WorldsStrongestMan and a [[GuileHero cle]][[IndyPloy ver]] one too. The labor of cleaning the Augean Stables (which had never been cleaned since ''ever'') was unique in that it was meant to humiliate Hercules instead of kill him. Backfired when Hercules ''diverted a river into the Stables''.
28th Apr '16 6:46:15 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Literature/{{Gate}}'', the corrupt Emperor Molto Sol Augustus sends an army drafted from his allied nations to attack the JSDF, but doesn't send any reinforcements like he said he would. As expected, they are all killed, and he remarks that now his so called allies lack the military strength to threaten him.

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* In ''Literature/{{Gate}}'', the ''Literature/{{Gate}}'':
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corrupt Emperor Molto Sol Augustus sends an army drafted from his allied nations to attack the JSDF, but doesn't send any reinforcements like he said he would. As expected, they are all killed, and he remarks that now his so called allies lack the military strength to threaten him.him.
** Princess Piña attempts to do this with Third Recon Team by stationing them alone on the south gate of Italica to take the brunt of the bandit's attacks. It doesn't work since they attack the east gate. Itami, for his part, believes this is due to a lack of options on Piña's part as opposed to actual malice.
19th Apr '16 5:14:01 AM eowynjedi
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* Happens several times in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', the most notable being [[spoiler:Zeheart]] refusing to send reinforcements to [[spoiler:Decil]], leaving him fight the Gundam on his own.
** This is a rare instance when the David seems justified, however, as [[spoiler:Decil had repeatedly demonstrated self-centered insubordination, which had directly lead to the death of several squadmates, so Zeheart can plausibly claim IDidWhatIHadToDo to his subordinates]].

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* Happens several times in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', the most notable being [[spoiler:Zeheart]] refusing to send reinforcements to [[spoiler:Decil]], leaving him fight the Gundam on his own.
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own. This is a rare instance when the David seems justified, however, as [[spoiler:Decil he had repeatedly demonstrated self-centered insubordination, which had directly lead to the death of several squadmates, so Zeheart can plausibly claim IDidWhatIHadToDo to his subordinates]].subordinates.



* [=McGillis=] does this to Carta Issue in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' to get her out of the line of succession for Gjallarhorn's top leadership spots. He sends her to "restore her honor" in a final bid to stop Tekkaden from bringing Kudelia and a former Prime Minister to participate in elections, since he knows that Tekkaden are {{Combat Pragmatist}}s who don't think TalkingIsAFreeAction, and Carta is obsessed with personal honor and antiquated formations (hence her first two defeats). [[spoiler:She attempts to challenge Tekkaden to a duel of honor. They would have ignored her speech anyway, but now that she's killed TheHeart of the group, Mika immediately enters a RoaringRampageOfRevenge when she and her men turn up. While Gaelio figures out what's going on and tries to save her, the best he can do is get her mobile suit out of battle while she succumbs to her wounds.]]



* In the second series of ''Series/HoratioHornblower'', Buckland orders Horatio to [[spoiler:blow up the Spanish fort on his own]], and several characters accuse him of this. [[spoiler:Including Captain Pellew, on the board of a court-martial.]]

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* In the second series of ''Series/HoratioHornblower'', Buckland orders Horatio to [[spoiler:blow up the Spanish fort on his own]], own]] and several characters accuse him of this.envying Horatio's natural leadership and youth. [[spoiler:Including Captain Pellew, on the board of a court-martial.]]]] [[ForegoneConclusion Since Horatio is at the court-martial too]] we know it didn't work, mainly because Kennedy and Bush quietly stayed behind to help him.
10th Apr '16 12:38:05 PM Derkhan
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* ''Manga/{{Aruosumente}}'': When threatened by an approaching enemy army, Oracle Kian decided to send out Dante -- who he had decided was uncontrollable -- to face the army alone, putting Dante's non-combatant brother in front of the gates as well for added motivation. It backfired badly, with Dante surviving but killing 300 enemy soldiers, Rucetta's second-in-command getting killed because she tried to save the children, and possibly resulting in Kian's own death down the line.
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