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5th Feb '16 8:49:55 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Vera}}'': The VictimOfTheWeek in "Sundancers" is revealed to have pulled this in Afghanistan. Learning one of his subordinates was having an affair with his wife, he sent the soldier into a supposedly cleared building to pronounce the all-clear, knowing that there was still an IED inside. The bomb went off, killing the soldier.
27th Jan '16 9:12:53 PM Bissek
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* ''[[Literature/RiftwarCycle Daughter of the Empire]]'' opens with Mara of the Acoma learning that the Lord of the Minwanabi had successfully executed one that resulted in the death of her father, her brother, and most of her family's troops, leaving her as Ruling Lady of her now critically weakened house by default. She spends the next two books rebuilding her house from the losses suffered from the gambit and getting revenge.
23rd Jan '16 3:06:51 PM Traze
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Removing the MGSV entry as it's incorrect. Big Boss was only sent by the government in a /Side Op/ that may or may not have actually happened, and he was sent by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to get evidence against Cipher. Paz's rescue was months later and MSF went to save her of their own accord.
* In [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes]], [[spoiler:Big Boss discovers after rescuing Paz that the government never intended to let him come back from that mission. They even planted a bomb inside her to get sure he died. This is pretty much what started The Phantom Pain.]]
2nd Jan '16 6:25:51 AM Harem-author
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* ''LightNovel/SwordPrincessAltina'' has several examples. The most notable are in the very first two volumes. Volume 1 has the 14-year-old title character sent to the front lines with the warring nation of Germain to subdue a "barbarian" tribe. [[spoiler: After she succeeds in that]], she is given orders to capture an officially "impregnable" enemy fortress with a force that's one tenth of what was used in the last attempt, and that attempt was a miserable failure. [[spoiler: To the shock of everyone, including her father, the Emperor, she succeeds without a single on-screen fatality.]] All thanks to the hard work of her brilliant, yet humble strategist, Regis.
1st Jan '16 8:05:03 PM jormis29
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* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar III'', Hephaestus learns that Kratos intends to open Pandora's Box, which will require Pandora, who Hephaestus regards as his daughter, to be sacrificed. So he sends Kratos to retrieve an Omphalos Stone, on a promise that he will use it to create a new weapon for Kratos, not mentioning that the stone is inside the guts of the Titan Cronos. It doesn't work.
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* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar III'', ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'', Hephaestus learns that Kratos intends to open Pandora's Box, PandorasBox, which will require Pandora, who Hephaestus regards as his daughter, to be sacrificed. So he sends Kratos to retrieve an Omphalos Stone, on a promise that he will use it to create a new weapon for Kratos, not mentioning that the stone is inside the guts of the Titan Cronos. It doesn't work.
1st Jan '16 4:59:11 PM Goldfritha
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* In a Georgian Frog Princess tale, burning the frog skin reveals the bride's beauty, and inspires the lord to set her husband {{Impossible Task}}s to try to take her away.
1st Jan '16 4:16:04 PM phoenix
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Bigger Bad has been renamed.
* In ''Scorpia Rising'', the ninth book of the ''AlexRider'' series, [[BiggerBad Zeljan]] [[TheChessmaster Kurst]] [[spoiler:knows in advance that Levi Kroll will attempt to attack him, so he has him assassinated and plants false evidence on his body in order to force MI6's hand.]]
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* In ''Scorpia Rising'', the ninth book of the ''AlexRider'' series, [[BiggerBad [[GreaterScopeVillain Zeljan]] [[TheChessmaster Kurst]] [[spoiler:knows in advance that Levi Kroll will attempt to attack him, so he has him assassinated and plants false evidence on his body in order to force MI6's hand.]]
30th Dec '15 6:34:23 AM Shadowgazer
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In some cases, this can be as subtle as giving the underling in question dangerous tasks that need to be done anyway, resulting in a [[XanatosGambit win-win scheme]]--they'll probably die, which is great, but [[WeDoTheImpossible if they're successful]], that's fine too. Other times, the task might be a blatant setup solely for the purpose of killing them off, often going as far as UnfriendlyFire, deliberately backstabbing or sabotaging them at a key moment (or even simply BetrayalByInaction) to ensure their death. [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible Either way, it's this trope]].
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In some cases, this can be as subtle as giving the underling in question dangerous tasks that need to be done anyway, resulting in a [[XanatosGambit win-win scheme]]--they'll probably die, which is great, but [[WeDoTheImpossible if they're successful]], that's fine too. Other times, the task might be a blatant setup solely for the purpose of killing them off, often going as far as UnfriendlyFire, deliberately backstabbing or sabotaging them at a key moment (or even simply BetrayalByInaction) to ensure their death. [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible Either way, it's this trope]]. trope]] and very much murder as far as guilt in concerned.
30th Dec '15 6:29:17 AM Shadowgazer
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If it's the hero who does this, can lead (as in the TropeNamer) to WhatTheHellHero and MyGodWhatHaveIDone. If it's done to the hero, Heaven help you if they should somehow not only [[WeDoTheImpossible survive but thrive]] on your {{Impossible Task}}s.
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If it's the hero who does this, which will makes his role ''very'' questionable, can lead (as in the TropeNamer) to WhatTheHellHero and MyGodWhatHaveIDone. If it's done to the hero, Heaven help you if they should somehow not only [[WeDoTheImpossible survive but thrive]] on your {{Impossible Task}}s.

* In ''Film/{{Batman}}'', when mob boss Carl Grissom discovers that his mistress has been sleeping with his right-hand man Jack Napier, he sends Jack to go steal the books from a mob front under investigation by the authorities, then tips off the DirtyCop on his payroll and orders him to kill Jack. This backfires magnificently when Jack is dunked in chemicals and becomes the Joker.
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* In ''Film/{{Batman}}'', when mob boss Carl Grissom discovers that his mistress has been sleeping with his right-hand man Jack Napier, he sends Jack to go steal the books from a mob front under investigation by the authorities, then tips off the DirtyCop on his payroll and orders him to kill Jack.Jack, making him a more direct perpetrator than most examples of this trope. This backfires magnificently when Jack is dunked in chemicals and becomes the Joker.

* In ''Film/IronMan'' Obadiah Stane arranges to have Tony Stark killed by terrorists in Afghanistan while he is presenting a new missile system to the American troops stationed there. [[SuperHeroOrigin It doesn't quite work out as planned.]]
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* In ''Film/IronMan'' Obadiah Stane arranges to have Tony Stark killed by terrorists in Afghanistan while he is presenting a new missile system to the American troops stationed there. A more direct example since he sent them to use and then kill him. [[SuperHeroOrigin It doesn't quite work out as planned.]]
13th Dec '15 7:57:03 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. However, David still ended up [[PyrrhicVictory marrying Bathsheba]], and had a second child 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''." 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. However, David still ended up [[PyrrhicVictory marrying still married Bathsheba]], and had a second child with her named Solomon.
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