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18th Aug '16 7:21:34 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', Thomas Cromwell has this attitude about Mark Smeaton, a slightly irritating but ultimately harmless musician in Anne's inner circle whom Cromwell targets as the way to bring her down for adultery and treason. Mark had worked for Cromwell's mentor Wolsey, and Cromwell thinks that if he'd hired the boy into his own household (as he had with a number of Wolsey's other displaced servants) he could have made him into a useful man with self-respect instead of a perpetual boy hoping for scraps of attention at the queen's door. But their mutual disdain back then precluded it; oh well.

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* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', Thomas Cromwell has this attitude about Mark Smeaton, a slightly irritating but ultimately harmless musician in Anne's Anne Boleyn's inner circle whom Cromwell targets as the way to bring her down for adultery and treason. Mark had worked for Cromwell's mentor Cardinal Wolsey, and Cromwell thinks that if he'd hired the boy into his own household (as he had with a number of Wolsey's other displaced servants) he could have made him into a useful man with self-respect instead of a perpetual boy hoping for scraps of attention at the queen's door. But their mutual disdain back then precluded it; oh well.
18th Aug '16 7:20:30 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', Thomas Cromwell has this attitude about Mark Smeaton, a slightly irritating but ultimately harmless musician in Anne's inner circle whom Cromwell targets as the way to bring her down for adultery and treason. Mark had worked for Cromwell's mentor Wolsey, and Cromwell thinks that if he'd hired the boy into his own household (as he had with a number of Wolsey's other displaced servants) he could have made him into a useful man with self-respect instead of a perpetual boy hoping for scraps of attention at the queen's door. But their mutual disdain back then precluded it; oh well.
1st Jul '16 9:03:35 AM SlushieDragon
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* In Black and White 2, the good conscience says this word-for-word if you start killing people. It seems to happen more often if your alignment is 'good'.

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* In Black and White 2, the good conscience says this word-for-word if you start killing people.your own villiagers. It seems to happen more often if your alignment is 'good'.
1st Jul '16 9:02:17 AM SlushieDragon
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* In Black and White 2, the good conscience says this word-for-word if you start killing people. It seems to happen more often if your alignment is 'good'.
9th Jun '16 8:22:14 PM DoctorTItanX
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*** Or rather [[spoiler: that the pirates have given up and started a retreat. But the Marines, lead by a war-mongering Akainu, press the attack. Eventually Coby can't take it anymore and yells for them to stop the seneless-ness of it all.]]

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*** Or rather [[spoiler: that the pirates have given up and started a retreat. But the Marines, lead by a war-mongering Akainu, press the attack. Eventually Coby can't take it anymore and yells for them to stop the seneless-ness senselessness of it all.]]
16th Apr '16 9:26:24 AM azul120
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Compare AMillionIsAStatistic and WeHaveReserves. Contrast WhatMeasureIsAMook. Often used in instances where the author is trying to show that [[EvenEvilHasStandards even evil has standards]] as a sympathetic villain has no problem killing enemy combatants but will balk at the idea of harming an innocent.


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Compare AMillionIsAStatistic and WeHaveReserves. Contrast WhatMeasureIsAMook. Often used in instances where the author is trying to show that [[EvenEvilHasStandards even evil has standards]] EvenEvilHasStandards as a sympathetic villain has no problem killing enemy combatants but will balk at the idea of harming an innocent.




* ''Manga/MakenKi'' [[{{inverted}} inverts]] it, by having Leo try to reason with Takeru, ''[[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/57/20/ before]]'' he killed Gouken. Leo tried telling him that it wouldn't solve anything, since [[spoiler: [[BigBad Takeru Yamato]]]] would simply [[BodySurf possess a new body.]] Nor was is it what [[spoiler: Himegami]] would've wanted him to do. But Takeru was so enraged that he still did it anyway. In the end, it changed nothing. Gouken had simply been a victim [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/57/25/ of Takeru's frustration.]]
* [[spoiler: Iserina]] from the Anime/MobileSuitGundam TV series tries to avenge the death of her boyfriend, [[spoiler: Garma Zabi]] She only ends up dead, and the White Base crew end up reflecting on how useless her RoaringRampageOfRevenge was.
* This is Manga/{{Naruto}}'s reason for wanting to stop the Fourth Shinobi War. [[spoiler: Apparently, it doesn't matter to him if the opposing army consist of mindless, expendable mooks, zombie ninjas, magical stone giants all.]]

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* ''Manga/MakenKi'' [[{{inverted}} inverts]] {{invert|edTrope}}s it, by having Leo try to reason with Takeru, ''[[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/57/20/ before]]'' he killed Gouken. Leo tried telling him that it wouldn't solve anything, since [[spoiler: [[BigBad Takeru Yamato]]]] would simply [[BodySurf possess a new body.]] Nor was is it what [[spoiler: Himegami]] would've wanted him to do. But Takeru was so enraged that he still did it anyway. In the end, it changed nothing. Gouken had simply been a victim [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/57/25/ of Takeru's frustration.]]
* [[spoiler: Iserina]] [[spoiler:Iserina]] from the Anime/MobileSuitGundam TV series tries to avenge the death of her boyfriend, [[spoiler: Garma Zabi]] She only ends up dead, and the White Base crew end up reflecting on how useless her RoaringRampageOfRevenge was.
* This is Manga/{{Naruto}}'s reason for wanting to stop the Fourth Shinobi War. [[spoiler: Apparently, [[spoiler:Apparently, it doesn't matter to him if the opposing army consist of mindless, expendable mooks, zombie ninjas, magical stone giants all.]]


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* ''Anime/CrossAnge'': Embryo laments Julio going against his orders and ordering a massacre on Arzenal.
26th Mar '16 8:32:45 PM FordPrefect
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** The real tragedy of those two episodes is that the senseless waste of human life resulted from the Doctor trying avoid a senseless waste of ''villain'' lives.

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** The real tragedy of those two episodes is that the senseless waste of human life resulted from the Doctor trying to avoid a senseless waste of ''villain'' lives.
21st Mar '16 12:39:34 PM lavendermintrose
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter and the Deathly Hallows'', Voldemort says at the battle of Hogwarts that he hates to see magical blood spilled because it is such a waste. (And given the population of wizards in the Harry Potter universe, it ''is a waste!''. Mainly because he wants to conscript any witches or wizards still breathing into being Death Eaters, [[MindRape like it or not]].

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter and the Deathly Hallows'', Voldemort says at the battle of Hogwarts that he hates to see magical blood spilled because it is such a waste. (And given the population of wizards in the Harry Potter universe, it ''is a waste!''. Mainly because he wants to conscript any witches or wizards still breathing into being Death Eaters, [[MindRape like it or not]].)
* In ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'', Kurda dislikes the other vampires' ProudWarriorRaceGuy antics, saying that of the nine vampires that had died over the past 12 years (between two council meetings), five could have been there had they not been overeager to flaunt their strength and prove something.
31st Jan '16 12:51:15 PM EarlOfSandvich
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* While he never says it straight, [[NoMoreHeroes Travis Touchdown]] eventually views all of his victories against later assassins as this, particularly the ones who weren't psychotic killing machines such as Alice Twilight and Margaret Moonlight.

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* While he never says it straight, [[NoMoreHeroes [[VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes Travis Touchdown]] eventually views all of his victories against later assassins as this, particularly the ones who weren't psychotic killing machines such as Alice Twilight and Margaret Moonlight.
9th Dec '15 5:38:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* After killing [[TheDragon The Sympathetic Dragon]] in TargetEarth, the protagonist mutters "Another good man dead."

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* After killing [[TheDragon The Sympathetic Dragon]] in TargetEarth, ''VideoGame/TargetEarth'', the protagonist mutters "Another good man dead."



* Pops up in ''StarWarsBattlefront II'', in the Imperial era of the campaign. The Death Star casualties, particularly the pilots who were rotated in in place of the 501st, are referred to by the narrator as "poor souls."

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* Pops up in ''StarWarsBattlefront ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront II'', in the Imperial era of the campaign. The Death Star casualties, particularly the pilots who were rotated in in place of the 501st, are referred to by the narrator as "poor souls."
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