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4th Jan '17 9:44:04 AM IndustriousArc
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* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': A rare ([[GreyAndGrayMorality somewhat]]) heroic example. Unlike the [[FireEmblemFates original story]], Garon gives his permission to Corrin to kill Hans in revenge for [[spoiler: stabbing her friend, Lilith, in the back with his ax,]] stating that he no longer has need for him anymore.
25th Dec '16 10:49:25 AM Daeolus
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* An EvilChancellor in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' is left to rot to death by Kon the Knight after he successfully [[spoiler:kidnaps your wife]]. Not a surprise, no one pities him when he dies.
17th Dec '16 2:08:11 PM WillBGood
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* In the Creator/GeorgeOrwell novel ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', Old Major names this trope as one of the chief evils committed by man against animals, citing that "the very instant that our usefulness has come to an end we are slaughtered with hideous cruelty." When Napoleon takes over the farm, he has [[spoiler:the big draft horse Boxer sold to the knacker's to have his throat cut and his remains boiled down for the foxhounds the very day his great muscles lose their power, and the dogs drowned in a pond when they become old and toothless.]] Unsurprisingly, he is shown to be [[FullCircleRevolution no better, or possibly even ''worse'']], than farmer Jones, who the animals overthrew near the start.

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* In the Creator/GeorgeOrwell novel ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', Old Major names this trope as one of the chief evils committed by man against animals, citing that "the very instant that our usefulness has come to an end we are slaughtered with hideous cruelty." When Napoleon takes over the farm, he has [[spoiler:the big draft horse Boxer sold to the knacker's to have his throat cut and his remains boiled down for the foxhounds the very day his great muscles lose their power, and the dogs drowned in a pond when they become old and toothless.]] Unsurprisingly, he is shown to be [[FullCircleRevolution no better, better]], or possibly even ''worse'']], ''worse'', than farmer Jones, who the animals overthrew near the start.
14th Dec '16 6:08:30 PM PaulA
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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by [[TheChick Sephrenia]] in ''[[Literature/TheTamuli The Shining Ones]]'', when she incorrectly believes she's outlived her usefulness to the other good guys.

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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by [[TheChick Sephrenia]] in ''[[Literature/TheTamuli The Shining Ones]]'', ''Literature/TheShiningOnes'', when she incorrectly believes she's outlived her usefulness to the other good guys.
11th Dec '16 7:57:09 PM Arha
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** Arlong since [[FantasticRacism he hates humans]] was [[FridgeHorror implied planning to do this to Nami]] had Luffy not done anything.
10th Dec '16 6:53:37 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian novel ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', Valerius knows Amalric will kill him as soon as the trope came into play, and so works hard on TakingYouWithMe.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian Literature/ConanTheBarbarian novel ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', Valerius knows Amalric will kill him as soon as the trope came into play, and so works hard on TakingYouWithMe.
19th Oct '16 10:04:31 AM Tron80
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* It happens at the end of the ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' storyline ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton''. After meeting Supergirl, [[spoiler:[[BodySnatcher Worldkiller-1]]]] decides that he doesn't need its old host body anymore because the Kryptonian girl would make for a better container, and destroys its host.

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* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** In ''Adventure Comics #404'', Starfire's henchman Derek Ames succeeds at nullifying Supergirl's powers, but his boss has him shot anyway when she fears he will expose her operation.
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It happens at the end of the ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' storyline ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton''. After meeting Supergirl, [[spoiler:[[BodySnatcher Worldkiller-1]]]] decides that he doesn't need its old host body anymore because the Kryptonian girl would make for a better container, and destroys its host.
28th Sep '16 6:56:26 AM Anicomicgeek
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnlimitedMechVsMutants'' sees [[spoiler: the Penguin try to invoke this on Freeze after the latter creates a serum that can turn Killer Croc, Chemo, Bane, and Clayface into monsters and they freeze over Gotham, though Freeze survives and later helps the heroes.]]



* In ''Franchise/{{Transformers}},'' Megatron's character uses this trope on a regular basis - the 'cons all know it and he has said it word for word on more than one occasion.
** He is so notorious for this that in G1, the Insecticons once rationalised he can't have been the one to betray them because he still had a use for them - they added right to his face that they wouldn't be surprised if he did so later, and he didn't bother to deny it.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Transformers}},'' Megatron's character uses this trope on a regular basis - the 'cons all know it and he has said it word for word on more than one occasion.
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occasion. He is so notorious for this that in G1, the Insecticons once rationalised he can't have been the one to betray them because he still had a use for them - they added right to his face that they wouldn't be surprised if he did so later, and he didn't bother to deny it.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', when Silas is critically injured, a team of MECH scientists saves him by [[spoiler:connecting him to Breakdown's lifeless body]]. He thanks them for their dedication and service...then kills them and leaves to [[spoiler:join with the Decepticons.]]
** Which makes it all the more ironic and satisfying, when in the same episode, the tactical advantage which Silas offered [[spoiler:to Megatron]] goes up in smoke, and he is handed over [[spoiler:to Knock-Out's dissection table for further study.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', when Silas is critically injured, a team of MECH scientists saves him by [[spoiler:connecting him to Breakdown's lifeless body]]. He thanks them for their dedication and service...then kills them and leaves to [[spoiler:join with the Decepticons.]]
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]] Which makes it all the more ironic and satisfying, when in the same episode, the tactical advantage which Silas offered [[spoiler:to Megatron]] goes up in smoke, and he is handed over [[spoiler:to Knock-Out's dissection table for further study.]]
25th Sep '16 4:58:06 AM isoycrazy
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* ''Literature/CodexAlera'':
** Lady Invidia Aquitainus is a skilled political mover with few lines she won't cross. Her spy in the First Aleran knows this. So, when she orders him to kill [[spoiler:the winner of a duel to the deal whether it is either Tavi or her own corrupt senator]], and assures him she will get him and her out of there, the spy knows very well she would just as easily kill him once his task is complete. [[spoiler:So, he tries to kill her instead after Tavi defeats the senator's champion. While the crossbow-like bolt attack does kill the senator, it only seriously wounds Invidia and she escapes the infirmary]].
** The Vord Queen [[spoiler:averts this with Invidia when she has captured and only partially healed her wounds. Once her conquest is complete, she plans for Invidia to rule over the humans who have surrendered to her in exchange for leniency and help]].
** Kitai argues the inversion of this concept to Tavi in order to spare the life of [[spoiler:Fidelias, one of the greatest traitors to the Realm (and the aforementioned spy in the First Aleran)]] not for mercy but the person still has a lot of use to him and could be of help in the war against the Vord.
22nd Sep '16 10:45:15 AM Yalsaris63
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* Happens a few times in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', such as with Barton Thorn (who asks you to clear some Gecko off a ridge to save his girlfriend, when in reality he just wants a haul of treasure) and Logan (who recruits you into his band of mercenaries in order to loot a town after it becomes irradiated). The player can also pull this in certain quests, such as snitching the Powder Gangers to the NCR after helping the former massacre Goodsprings.

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* Happens a few times in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', such as with Barton Thorn (who asks you to clear some Gecko off a ridge to save his girlfriend, when in reality he just wants a haul of treasure) and Logan (who recruits you into his band of mercenaries in order to loot a town after it becomes irradiated).irradiated); in these two cases, it is an egregious display of [[TooDumbToLive Darwinitis]] on their part. The player can also pull this in certain quests, such as snitching the Powder Gangers to the NCR after helping the former massacre Goodsprings.
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