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11th May '16 10:38:48 AM erforce
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* In ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', Terminators typically dispose of human subordinates this way once their objectives are completed, usually to prevent them from talking about sensitive information. At one point, Cameron uses a man and his sister to find information on the Turk, on the promise that she would help them deal with TheMafiya goons out to kill him. However, once she has the information she abandons them to be killed, since they serve no further purpose to her, and she doesn't have anything else invested in their survival.

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* In ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', Terminators typically dispose of human subordinates this way once their objectives are completed, usually to prevent them from talking about sensitive information. At one point, Cameron uses a man and his sister to find information on the Turk, on the promise that she would help them deal with TheMafiya goons out to kill him. However, once she has the information she abandons them to be killed, since they serve no further purpose to her, and she doesn't have anything else invested in their survival.
11th May '16 5:36:08 AM jormis29
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* Antiheroic example in ''{{Exalted}}'', with the Solar Exalt Arianna summoning a demon to lead her to a copy of the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Broken-Winged Crane]], then destroying it and turning on the demon:

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* Antiheroic example in ''{{Exalted}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', with the Solar Exalt Arianna summoning a demon to lead her to a copy of the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Broken-Winged Crane]], then destroying it and turning on the demon:



* This is one way to use [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=197869 Abyssal Persecutor]] in ''MagicTheGathering''. Bring him out super early, use him to beat your opponent senseless until his effect is the only thing keeping them alive, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness then kill Abyssal Persecutor yourself and win.]]

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* This is one way to use [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=197869 Abyssal Persecutor]] in ''MagicTheGathering''.''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. Bring him out super early, use him to beat your opponent senseless until his effect is the only thing keeping them alive, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness then kill Abyssal Persecutor yourself and win.]]
8th May '16 2:02:49 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''InDeath'': When there's a partnership of two bad guys, you can be reasonably sure one of them will kill the other and state this trope.

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* ''InDeath'': ''Literature/InDeath'': When there's a partnership of two bad guys, you can be reasonably sure one of them will kill the other and state this trope.



* In the ''LeftBehind'' prequel books, Marilena Carpathia, the mother of the future Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia, was killed off when Nicolae, still a child, was old enough to be cared for by his mentor Viv Ivins. His [[HasTwoMommies two biological fathers]], who were living together off payments from the corporation that funded the genetic project that brought forth Nicolae, were later [[BuryYourGays killed off]].

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* In the ''LeftBehind'' ''Literature/LeftBehind'' prequel books, Marilena Carpathia, the mother of the future Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia, was killed off when Nicolae, still a child, was old enough to be cared for by his mentor Viv Ivins. His [[HasTwoMommies two biological fathers]], who were living together off payments from the corporation that funded the genetic project that brought forth Nicolae, were later [[BuryYourGays killed off]].



* In ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'', the BigBad Storm King rather casually obliterates EvilSorcerer Pryrates after the latter is finished summoning him back into Osten Ard from his exile in undeath. At least, in this case, he has a justification: Pryrates tries to pull a [[TheStarscream Starscream]] on him but forgets that EvilIsNotAToy. And in all fairness, the Storm King did warn him that he would be [[ExactWords first among mortals]].

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* In ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'', ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', the BigBad Storm King rather casually obliterates EvilSorcerer Pryrates after the latter is finished summoning him back into Osten Ard from his exile in undeath. At least, in this case, he has a justification: Pryrates tries to pull a [[TheStarscream Starscream]] on him but forgets that EvilIsNotAToy. And in all fairness, the Storm King did warn him that he would be [[ExactWords first among mortals]].



* In ''TheWarOfTheFlowers'' Anton Hellebore does this to [[spoiler:the Remover, or [[BodySurf so he thinks]]]]. Unusually his father is very unhappy about this as [[spoiler:the Remover was not only a very useful mercenary, but also owned numerous valuable magical artifacts that Anton burned]].

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* In ''TheWarOfTheFlowers'' ''Literature/TheWarOfTheFlowers'' Anton Hellebore does this to [[spoiler:the Remover, or [[BodySurf so he thinks]]]]. Unusually his father is very unhappy about this as [[spoiler:the Remover was not only a very useful mercenary, but also owned numerous valuable magical artifacts that Anton burned]].
3rd May '16 4:29:33 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', [[spoiler:the same Okonogi from Higurashi is eventually revealed to have been working with the main Sumadera branch to eliminate Kasumi and her guards. Because Ange had at that point become a liability and could become a witness, Okonogi ordered Amakusa to kill Ange as soon as he finished off Kasumi and her guards.]]

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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler:the same Okonogi from Higurashi is eventually revealed to have been working with the main Sumadera branch to eliminate Kasumi and her guards. Because Ange had at that point become a liability and could become a witness, Okonogi ordered Amakusa to kill Ange as soon as he finished off Kasumi and her guards.]]
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.]]
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