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23rd Feb '18 8:49:14 PM MagiMecha
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* In ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterGrandTheftAutoSeries Let's Play - GTA V - Michael's Heist]], it turns out that [[spoiler:Michael plotted one of these, intending on getting Ryan, Ray, Geoff and Kerry killed while he, Gavin and a hidden away Lindsay got the money. The plan had Ryan and Ray being killed by a car bomb while Geoff and Kerry would die by a boat bomb. They died, but not the way Michael wanted - Ryan had figured out Michael's plan early on and had plotted to go against him, but the police killed him and Ray anyway and Kerry and Geoff went onto Michael and Gavin's boat, forcing Michael to gun them both down.]]
7th Feb '18 1:28:51 PM Jeduthun
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If it's the hero who does this, which will make their role as hero ''very'' questionable, they're setting themselves up (as in the TropeNamer) for a 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 make their role as hero ''very'' questionable, they're setting themselves up (as in the TropeNamer) for a 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.
Task}}s. In those cases, you may have a ReassignmentBackfire on your hands.
28th Jan '18 11:00:15 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'', [[spoiler:Lelouch tries to get Rolo killed several times as punishment for replacing Nunnally (it's unknown if he starts to reconsider due to Rolo's competence as a Black Ops agent, but then Rolo just ''had'' to murder his girlfriend Shirley out of envy), but the little guy's a survivor. For further irony, when Rolo ''did'' die, it was through a heartwrenching ''HeroicSacrifice'' to save Lelouch's life ''after Lelouch admitted he had been trying to kill Rolo and that he'd never be Lelouch's real brother''... and Lelouch ended up genuinely forgiving him]].

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'', [[spoiler:Lelouch tries to get Rolo killed several times as punishment for replacing Nunnally (it's unknown if he starts to reconsider due to Rolo's competence as a Black Ops agent, but then Rolo just ''had'' to murder his girlfriend near-girlfriend Shirley out of envy), both [[YanDere envy]] and [[HeKnowsTooMuch wrongly-placed knowledge]]), but the little guy's a survivor. For further irony, when Rolo ''did'' die, it was through a heartwrenching ''HeroicSacrifice'' to save Lelouch's life ''after Lelouch admitted he had been trying to kill Rolo and that he'd never be Lelouch's real brother''... and Lelouch ended up genuinely forgiving him]].



* Happens more than once in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', with the most spectacular case being the ''Diplomat Murder Case''. [[spoiler:The villain, Isao, fancied a lady named Kimie. Kimie was HappilyMarried to Yamashiro, Isao's rival. What did Isao do? Use Yamashiro as a scapegoat in a fraud (with help of his father Toshimitsu), wait until he died in prison, and then go ComfortingTheWidow on Kimie! This only backfired years later, when... Isao's son started dating Yamashiro and Kimie's daughter]].

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* Happens more than once in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', with the most spectacular case being the ''Diplomat Murder Case''. [[spoiler:The villain, Isao, fancied a lady named Kimie. Kimie Kimie, who was HappilyMarried to Yamashiro, Isao's rival. What did rival Yamashiro. So Isao do? Use used Yamashiro as a scapegoat in a fraud (with help of his father Toshimitsu), wait waited until he poor Yamashiro died in prison, and then go went ComfortingTheWidow on Kimie! Kimie. This only backfired years later, when... Isao's son started dating Yamashiro and Kimie's daughter]].long-lost daughter without knowing it, Isao had a FreakOut at that, and Kimie put two and two together...]].



* 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 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.

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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 he the Uriah had repeatedly demonstrated self-centered insubordination, which had directly lead to the death of several squadmates, so Zeheart [[spoiler:Zeheart]] can plausibly claim IDidWhatIHadToDo to his subordinates.
13th Jan '18 12:06:04 AM KeithM
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* Toward the end of the BelisariusSeries, when the good guys have the Malwa on the ropes and are beating them back, the Persian emperor is quite happy to have his most conservative nobles, the ones most opposed to the changes [[GiveingRadioToTheRomans that are happening]] ''and'' the ones most likely to lead a coup against him, lead the charge into battle even though their method of warfare is now obsolete. As he openly gloats, if they win, his own reputation as the leader of a victorious army gets enhanced while they will no doubt suffer many casualties. If they lose, a whole bunch of potential problems have just eliminated themselves in something that won't really affect the larger war.

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* Toward the end of the BelisariusSeries, when the good guys have the Malwa on the ropes and are beating them back, the Persian emperor is quite happy to have his most conservative nobles, the ones most opposed to the changes [[GiveingRadioToTheRomans [[GivingRadioToTheRomans that are happening]] ''and'' the ones most likely to lead a coup against him, lead the charge into battle even though their method of warfare is now obsolete. As he openly gloats, if they win, his own reputation as the leader of a victorious army gets enhanced while they will no doubt suffer many casualties. If they lose, a whole bunch of potential problems have just eliminated themselves in something that won't really affect the larger war.
13th Jan '18 12:03:55 AM KeithM
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* Toward the end of the BelisariusSeries, when the good guys have the Malwa on the ropes and are beating them back, the Persian emperor is quite happy to have his most conservative nobles, the ones most opposed to the changes [[GiveingRadioToTheRomans that are happening]] ''and'' the ones most likely to lead a coup against him, lead the charge into battle even though their method of warfare is now obsolete. As he openly gloats, if they win, his own reputation as the leader of a victorious army gets enhanced while they will no doubt suffer many casualties. If they lose, a whole bunch of potential problems have just eliminated themselves in something that won't really affect the larger war.
12th Jan '18 8:19:40 AM TheCuza
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* Pontiff Sulyvahn of ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' created his Outrider Knights for the purpose of getting rid of people who are a threat to his political power and people he just doesn't like. He forcibly conscripts them into the Knights, gives them his Pontiff's Left Eye and Right Eye rings, and sends them off on missions in faraway lands. If they aren't killed during the mission, the rings are designed to slowly induce insanity in the wearer and cause their mind to devolve into that of a feral beast, so they won't be able to find their way back. And even if they manage to do ''that'', it seems that given enough time, the rings will cause the wearer to turn into a ''literal'' feral beast, since the player obtains the Right Eye not from any of the Outrider Knights encountered during the game, but from killing a large monstrous creature just outside of the city Sulyvahn rules over.
3rd Jan '18 2:13:07 AM LordGro
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** Bellerophon 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 the recipient of the message--i.e. Iobates--to kill its bearer--i.e. Bellerophon]]. However, before reading the missive, Iobates had feasted well with 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]].

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** Bellerophon refused refuses the advances of the queen of Tiryns, who then [[WoundedGazelleGambit tricked [[FalseRapeAccusation tricks her husband Proetus into believing that Bellerophon had has 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 asking Iobates to kill its bearer]]. However, Iobates feasts with Bellerophon had done and asking the recipient of the message--i.e. Iobates--to kill its bearer--i.e. Bellerophon]]. However, before reading the missive, Iobates had feasted well with Bellerophon, and after he actually bothered to read his son-in-law's letter, Iobates realized finally reads the letter fears that simply killing Bellerophon [[SacredHospitality might bring divine wrath upon the kingdom]]. Instead, Iobates repeatedly sent sends 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]].succeeds.
3rd Jan '18 2:03:31 AM LordGro
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** Bellerophon refused the advances of the queen of Tiryns,[[note]]Her name is not consistent across versions of the myth; Creator/{{Homer}} gives the name as Anteia when he mentions the myth in ''Literature/TheIliad'', but Creator/{{Euripides}} has it as Stheneboea.[[/note]] 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 the recipient of the message--i.e. Iobates--to kill its bearer--i.e. Bellerophon]]. However, before reading the missive, Iobates had feasted well with 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]].

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** Bellerophon refused the advances of the queen of Tiryns,[[note]]Her name is not consistent across versions of the myth; Creator/{{Homer}} gives the name as Anteia when he mentions the myth in ''Literature/TheIliad'', but Creator/{{Euripides}} has it as Stheneboea.[[/note]] 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 the recipient of the message--i.e. Iobates--to kill its bearer--i.e. Bellerophon]]. However, before reading the missive, Iobates had feasted well with 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]].
2nd Jan '18 8:29:14 PM karstovich2
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** Bellerophon 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 the recipient of the message--i.e. Iobates--to kill its bearer--i.e. Bellerophon]]. However, before reading the missive, Iobates had feasted well with 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]].

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** Bellerophon refused the advances of the queen of Tiryns, Tiryns,[[note]]Her name is not consistent across versions of the myth; Creator/{{Homer}} gives the name as Anteia when he mentions the myth in ''Literature/TheIliad'', but Creator/{{Euripides}} has it as Stheneboea.[[/note]] 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 the recipient of the message--i.e. Iobates--to kill its bearer--i.e. Bellerophon]]. However, before reading the missive, Iobates had feasted well with 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]].
30th Dec '17 1:47:48 AM KidDynamite
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** Threatened in the episode "Bombed". A South Korean village gets leveled by FriendlyFire from the US Army. Hawkeye and Trapper prepare a report on the incident, which is then conveniently "lost in bureaucracy" and the guy they gave it to reassigned. When they keep pressing the issue of getting the Army to take responsibility for what happened, a general comes to speak to them and subtly hints that they will be reassigned to a batallion aid station (where fighting is heaviest and they'll probably be killed in action) if they don't drop the case. Averted when Margaret and Frank prepare their own report on the incident.

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** Threatened in the episode "Bombed"."For The Good Of The Outfit". A South Korean village gets leveled by FriendlyFire from the US Army. Hawkeye and Trapper prepare a report on the incident, which is then conveniently "lost lost in bureaucracy" bureaucracy and the guy they gave it to reassigned. When they keep pressing the issue of getting the Army to take responsibility for what happened, a general comes to speak to them and subtly hints that they will be reassigned to a batallion aid station (where fighting is heaviest and they'll probably be killed in action) if they don't drop the case. Averted when Margaret and Frank prepare their own report on the incident.
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