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29th Apr '16 5:15:16 PM LinTaylor
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** In ''Film/DragonBallZResurrectionF'', Freeza kills all 1000 of his own {{Mooks}} with a single attack after they're defeated by the Z-Fighters. ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' changed this by instead having them get caught in the energy released when Freeza assumes his GoldenSuperMode, but considering who we're talking about he'd probably label it a happy accident.
28th Apr '16 4:17:11 PM Eddy1215
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Compare YouHaveFailedMe (when the executed underlings are killed because they ''didn't'' succeed), RewardedAsATraitorDeserves, WeHaveReserves, and UriahGambit. ShootTheBuilder is a subtrope. Contrast CantKillYouStillNeedYou. See also VillainousDemotivator and EvenMooksHaveLovedOnes.

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Compare YouHaveFailedMe (when the executed underlings are killed because they ''didn't'' succeed), RewardedAsATraitorDeserves, WeHaveReserves, and UriahGambit. ShootTheBuilder is a subtrope. Contrast CantKillYouStillNeedYou.CantKillYouStillNeedYou and MookDepletion. See also VillainousDemotivator and EvenMooksHaveLovedOnes.
25th Apr '16 7:37:37 PM SomberCaelifera
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* ''Series/AdamAdamantLives'': After betraying Adam to the Face, Louise served her new master faithfully for sixty-five years. That didn't cut any [[HumanPopsicle ice]] with the Face; as soon as he was revived, he made off with his new, younger FemmeFatale sidekick, leaving Louise to die in Adam's arms,

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* ''Series/AdamAdamantLives'': After betraying Adam to the Face, Louise served her new master faithfully for sixty-five years. That didn't cut any [[HumanPopsicle ice]] with the Face; as soon as he was revived, he made off with his new, younger FemmeFatale sidekick, leaving Louise to die in Adam's arms, arms.



* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': In "This One Goes To Eleven", the murderer disposes of their accomplices once they have served their purposse; killing the two thieves after they have stolen the painting, and disposing of the forger when he threatens to become a liability.

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* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': In "This One Goes To Eleven", the murderer disposes of their accomplices once they have served their purposse; purpose; killing the two thieves after they have stolen the painting, and disposing of the forger when he threatens to become a liability.



** The ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' episode "Starship mine" also contains an instance of this. Kelsey, the leader of a terrorist group trying to [[EmptyQuiver steal the highly instable toxic waste of Enterprise's engine core]], shoots one of her mooks after learning from him how to remove the [[strike: uranium]] [[AppliedPhlebotinum trilithium]] from its container.

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** The ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' episode "Starship mine" also contains an instance of this. Kelsey, the leader of a terrorist group trying to [[EmptyQuiver steal the highly instable unstable toxic waste of Enterprise's engine core]], shoots one of her mooks after learning from him how to remove the [[strike: uranium]] [[AppliedPhlebotinum trilithium]] from its container.
20th Apr '16 1:43:24 PM Grade0
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* Attempted by the BigBad in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'', once Lloyd had handed over the [[PlotCoupon Moon Objects]]. It doesn't work.
20th Apr '16 6:43:44 AM gravious
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* The BigBad of ''Literature/QuiteUglyOneMorning'' has this as his MO. [[spoiler: Doesn't work out so well for him in the end.]]
17th Apr '16 11:02:59 PM SSJMagus
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** [[spoiler:[[ImmortalHero And yet all of those people survived.]]]]

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** [[spoiler:[[ImmortalHero And yet all of those people survived.]]]]]] As powerful and ruthless as he is, Aizen is ''really bad'' about not bothering to check whether his defeated enemies are actually ''dead'' and not just unconscious...and given the nature of the series this leaves his death toll among characters [[NominalImportance who actually have names]] rather low.]]
7th Apr '16 7:54:46 PM Perseus
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** The manual of 'A Link to the past' states that Ganondorf killed his followers when they reashed the Triforce.
* In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'', the Shroob Princess ([[spoiler:the younger one]]), declares that Peach is useless after the brothers break her out of her force field and tries to finish her off, but the brothers fight and defeat her.

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** The manual of 'A Link to the past' ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' states that Ganondorf killed his followers when they reashed reached the Triforce.
Triforce so he could claim its power for himself alone.
* In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'', the Shroob Princess ([[spoiler:the Shroob [[spoiler:(the younger one]]), one)]] declares that Peach is useless after the brothers break her out of her force field and tries to finish her off, but the brothers fight and defeat her.
6th Apr '16 10:58:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''SinCity'', Manute had [[TheMole a mole]] spying on the girls of Old Town for him. Once she gave him the information he needed, he ordered her killed. The mole does die, though not at the hands of the bad guys, but at the hands of Dwight and the girls of Old Town after they rescue their leader Gail, who the mole sold out.

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* In ''SinCity'', ''ComicBook/SinCity'', Manute had [[TheMole a mole]] spying on the girls of Old Town for him. Once she gave him the information he needed, he ordered her killed. The mole does die, though not at the hands of the bad guys, but at the hands of Dwight and the girls of Old Town after they rescue their leader Gail, who the mole sold out.
30th Mar '16 6:26:41 PM bombadil211
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* Sometimes enforced by the Hollywood studios either when they feel like a star is fading or just for the hell of it. This happened to Crator/WhoopiGoldberg with ''Film/TheodoreRex'' and almost happened to Creator/KimBasinger with ''Film/BoxingHelena'', though the latter was smart enough to back out of the project--at a ''very'' enormous price, as she found out when [[DisproportionateRetribution she became bankrupt some time later]] (she's still making movies more regularly than Whoopi).

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* Sometimes enforced by the Hollywood studios either when they feel like a star is fading or just for the hell of it. This happened to Creator/KimBasinger with ''Film/BoxingHelena'' after she backed out of the project and she was hit with a lawsuit that left her bankrupt and destroyed her reputation to the point where no studios were willing to give her leading roles anymore. Crator/WhoopiGoldberg with saw this happen and decided that she'd rather develop a reputation as someone [[MoneyDearBoy who'd do anything for money]] rather than someone [[SeriousBusiness who broke contract agreements]], resulting in ''Film/TheodoreRex'' and almost happened to Creator/KimBasinger with ''Film/BoxingHelena'', though the latter was smart enough to back out eventual end of the project--at a ''very'' enormous price, her run as she found out when [[DisproportionateRetribution she became bankrupt some time later]] (she's still making movies more regularly than Whoopi).a box office draw.
15th Mar '16 3:58:22 PM ObsidianFire
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In the case of a bribed outsider who was only loyal for the promise of money, this does make a little sense. Not only does the BigBad avoid having to ''pay'' them for services rendered, but they remove a direct link back to them as the master of the plot. And there's always the fact that someone loyal to the money more than the cause is a risk to betray the BigBad to whoever offers them ''more''. Alternatively, it could be to punish a minion for ''asking for a raise'', especially when done right before the critical mission, with the implication that the minion is [[GenreSavvy aware of their own importance]] to the plot and intends to use that as leverage.

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In the case of a bribed outsider who was only loyal for the promise of money, this does make a little sense. Not only does the BigBad avoid having to ''pay'' them for services rendered, but they remove a direct link back to them as the master of the plot. And there's always the fact that someone loyal to the money more than the cause is a risk to betray the BigBad to whoever offers them ''more''. Alternatively, it could be to punish a minion for ''asking for a raise'', especially when done right before the critical mission, with the implication that the minion is [[GenreSavvy aware of their own importance]] to the plot importance and intends to use that as leverage.



** In the Dressrossa Arc, in the B Block matches of the tournament, the contestants from Prodence form an alliance with the others, then when their allies grow weak, start picking them off so that their king will be the one who advances onward. Unfortunately, for them, one of them, Blue Gilly, [[GenreSavvy realizes what they're up to]], and defeats Dagama when Dagama tries to literally and figuratively stab Blue Gilly in the back, saying "I can't fathom who would be stupid enough to trust a slimy toad like you in the first place!!!"

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** In the Dressrossa Arc, in the B Block matches of the tournament, the contestants from Prodence form an alliance with the others, then when their allies grow weak, start picking them off so that their king will be the one who advances onward. Unfortunately, for them, one of them, Blue Gilly, [[GenreSavvy realizes what they're up to]], to, and defeats Dagama when Dagama tries to literally and figuratively stab Blue Gilly in the back, saying "I can't fathom who would be stupid enough to trust a slimy toad like you in the first place!!!"



** The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' plays this interestingly in the [[BadFuture Dark World]], as Rancor[[spoiler:/Disruption]] pulls this on her ''[[WeaponOfChoice weapon]]'', the [[BladeOnAStick Concept Killing Spear]], destroying it as soon as it's fulfilled its purpose of [[spoiler:allowing her to steal Destruction's power from Discord]]. And this is {{justified|trope}}, since she's DangerouslyGenreSavvy and is aware that the Spear could be [[HoistByHisOwnPetard used against her]], so disposes of it as soon as she doesn't need it anymore. It was also later explained that the gods had been ''wanting'' to destroy the dang thing for thousands of years.

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** The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' plays this interestingly in the [[BadFuture Dark World]], as Rancor[[spoiler:/Disruption]] pulls this on her ''[[WeaponOfChoice weapon]]'', the [[BladeOnAStick Concept Killing Spear]], destroying it as soon as it's fulfilled its purpose of [[spoiler:allowing her to steal Destruction's power from Discord]]. And this is {{justified|trope}}, since she's DangerouslyGenreSavvy and is aware that the Spear could be [[HoistByHisOwnPetard used against her]], so disposes of it as soon as she doesn't need it anymore. It was also later explained that the gods had been ''wanting'' to destroy the dang thing for thousands of years.



* ''Film/{{Cliffhanger}}'', threatened a number of times but never actually played straight. Mostly because the characters [[GenreSavvy take steps to ensure they still are useful]].

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* ''Film/{{Cliffhanger}}'', threatened a number of times but never actually played straight. Mostly because the characters [[GenreSavvy take steps to ensure they still are useful]].useful.



** In ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', Angelo Palazzi, the impersonator, demanded a raise immediately before his mission of stealing the nuclear warhead. He [[GenreSavvy smugly points out]] that with so much time and effort already spent on the plot, there's no way SPECTRE would walk away from it now, certainly not over a pay dispute. His boss, Emilio Largo, was not pleased and kills him right after he delivers the goods.

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** In ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', Angelo Palazzi, the impersonator, demanded a raise immediately before his mission of stealing the nuclear warhead. He [[GenreSavvy smugly points out]] out that with so much time and effort already spent on the plot, there's no way SPECTRE would walk away from it now, certainly not over a pay dispute. His boss, Emilio Largo, was not pleased and kills him right after he delivers the goods.



* In Literature/TheEmperorsSoul, Shai is GenreSavvy enough to know this is going to happen to her after she completes her task to Forge a new soul for the Emperor, despite promises to the contrary, and therefore plans from the start how to avoid it.

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* In Literature/TheEmperorsSoul, Shai is GenreSavvy smart enough to know this is going to happen to her after she completes her task to Forge a new soul for the Emperor, despite promises to the contrary, and therefore plans from the start how to avoid it.



* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': This is how [[spoiler: Count Bricemer]] intends to reward the crew of the Quicksilver once they've returned with the [[MacGuffin gem of Zosia]] in ''Reynard the Fox''. [[spoiler: Reynard is GenreSavvy enough to see this coming from a mile away.]]

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* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': This is how [[spoiler: Count Bricemer]] intends to reward the crew of the Quicksilver once they've returned with the [[MacGuffin gem of Zosia]] in ''Reynard the Fox''. [[spoiler: Reynard is GenreSavvy smart enough to see this coming from a mile away.]]



** Also pulled by the heroes. Jack works with both Nina Meyers and Christopher Henderson to foil the terrorists, putting aside his desire for revenge. As soon as the terrorists are stopped or they no longer have a use, he killed them both. Both of them [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy know him]] well enough to see this coming and take steps to avoid it, but [[OutGambitted both fail]].

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** Also pulled by the heroes. Jack works with both Nina Meyers and Christopher Henderson to foil the terrorists, putting aside his desire for revenge. As soon as the terrorists are stopped or they no longer have a use, he killed them both. Both of them [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy know him]] him well enough to see this coming and take steps to avoid it, but [[OutGambitted both fail]].



* In an amusing moment of GenreSavvy ([[GeniusDitz for him]]), Otacon from ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' uses Sniper Wolf as an intermediary to tell Liquid that he's finished modifying Metal Gear to fire nukes, stating that he suspects Liquid will adhere to this trope and kill him the moment he finds out. [[ForegoneConclusion Obviously]], it doesn't happen.

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* In an amusing moment of GenreSavvy ([[GeniusDitz for him]]), Otacon from ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' uses Sniper Wolf as an intermediary to tell Liquid that he's finished modifying Metal Gear to fire nukes, stating that he suspects Liquid will adhere to this trope and kill him the moment he finds out. [[ForegoneConclusion Obviously]], it doesn't happen.
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