History Main / YouHaveOutlivedYourusefulness

18th Feb '18 11:13:58 AM nombretomado
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* After the [[RedOctober October Revolution and Civil War]] in Russia was over, many of its ideologists were purged because [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Josef Stalin]] claimed that as vehement revolutionaries they knew nothing except staging rebellions and rooting out inner enemies. Stalin then proceeded to root out "inner enemies" ([[NotSoDifferent like Jews]], here called "rootless cosmopolitans") until ''1953'', long after every single member of the original Bolshevik party had been executed or exiled. He was gearing up for another round of this trope when (scientists discovered decades later) he was poisoned by one of his own inner circle, who all feared for their lives.

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* After the [[RedOctober [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober October Revolution and Civil War]] in Russia was over, many of its ideologists were purged because [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Josef Stalin]] claimed that as vehement revolutionaries they knew nothing except staging rebellions and rooting out inner enemies. Stalin then proceeded to root out "inner enemies" ([[NotSoDifferent like Jews]], here called "rootless cosmopolitans") until ''1953'', long after every single member of the original Bolshevik party had been executed or exiled. He was gearing up for another round of this trope when (scientists discovered decades later) he was poisoned by one of his own inner circle, who all feared for their lives.
16th Feb '18 7:23:21 AM Panhandle
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** In [[Series/StarTrekDiscovery Star Trek Discovery]], Lorca, in his verbose way, puts it plainly:
-->'''Lorca:''' Speaking of which, we've reached the tipping point, where your usefulness to me is outweighed by the risk of keeping you alive.
15th Feb '18 12:21:27 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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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]], or possibly even ''worse'', than at least as bad as Farmer Jones, Jones]], who the animals overthrew near the start.
12th Feb '18 2:50:42 PM Whipsmart
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'': [[spoiler: The Storm King reveals to Tempest Shadow that he only used her, and attempts to blast her away with his new powers after doing so. Justified to some degree, as [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves Tempest wasn't exactly the most trustworthy of individuals]] and he'd already had one number 2 stab him in the back who was seemingly more trustworthy than she was.]]



-->'''Megatron:''' It's time to eliminate loose ends.\\

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-->'''Megatron:''' The [[spoiler:human collaborators]] have served their purpose, Soundwave. It's time to eliminate loose ends.\\



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'': [[spoiler: The Storm King reveals to Tempest Shadow that he only used her, and attempts to blast her away with his new powers after doing so. Justified to some degree, as [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves Tempest wasn't exactly the most trustworthy of individuals]] and he'd already had one number 2 stab him in the back who was seemingly more trustworthy than she was.]]
4th Feb '18 9:33:32 AM gb00393
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** As the war starts winding down, Tywin has no problem selling Gregor Clegane out to Oberyn Martell.
4th Feb '18 7:10:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Standard operating procedure for the Dark Judges. Since there are only four of them, they are fond of recruiting the regular Judge force to assist them in their mission to wipe out all life. Of course, this only means the Judges have bought themselves a temporary reprieve... ("Slaves should not turn on their masters!")
3rd Feb '18 8:41:25 AM ultimomant
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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the main antagonist, [[spoiler:Sosuke Aizen]], does this to three characters [[spoiler:(Momo Hinamori, Rukia Kuchiki, and Halibel)]] at different times. [[spoiler: And yet all of them survived.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** The first
main antagonist, [[spoiler:Sosuke Aizen]], does this to three characters [[spoiler:(Momo Hinamori, Rukia Kuchiki, and Halibel)]] Tier Harribel)]] at different times. [[spoiler: And yet all of them survived.]]



** Furthermore, the BigBad of the recent events, [[spoiler:Yhwach, kills Luders Friegen after the latter finished his task]].
*** One of the Sternritters, Robert Accutrone, panics on realizing their boss has left them behind. That means they're no longer useful to him and are nothing more than [[spoiler:fodder for [[ThePurge his Auswählen]], his energy absorption ability, which subsequently kills said subordinate and several others. Out of the targeted Ritters, only three (Liltotto, Giselle and Bazz-B) managed to dodge it and survive.]].

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** Furthermore, the BigBad of the recent events, Thousand Year Blood War arc, [[spoiler:Yhwach, kills Luders Friegen after the latter finished his task]].
*** One of the Sternritters, Robert Accutrone, panics on realizing their boss has left them behind. That means they're no longer useful to him and are nothing more than [[spoiler:fodder for [[ThePurge his Auswählen]], his energy absorption ability, which subsequently kills said subordinate and several others. Out of the targeted Ritters, only three (Liltotto, Giselle and Bazz-B) managed to dodge it and survive.]].]]
*** In the climax of the arc, [[spoiler:Yhwach suddenly decides he doesn't need ''any'' of his subordinates and performs another Auswählen to wipe them all out.]]



* Backfires in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' when [[spoiler:the mayor attempts to dispose of Rattlesnake Jake.]]

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* Backfires in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' when [[spoiler:the mayor attempts to dispose of Rattlesnake Jake.Jake, but his gun is [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets empty]].]]
3rd Feb '18 3:46:24 AM Godzillawolf
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'': [[spoiler: The Storm King reveals to Tempest Shadow that he only used her, and attempts to blast her away with his new powers after doing so.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'': [[spoiler: The Storm King reveals to Tempest Shadow that he only used her, and attempts to blast her away with his new powers after doing so. Justified to some degree, as [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves Tempest wasn't exactly the most trustworthy of individuals]] and he'd already had one number 2 stab him in the back who was seemingly more trustworthy than she was.]]
2nd Feb '18 5:42:00 PM Thranx
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** Thanks to geography, the UK has done this '''a lot.''' The Royal Navy attacked Copenhagen twice in the Napoleonic period (1801 & 1807) to keep the Danish Navy out of Napoleon's hands.
1st Feb '18 1:13:21 PM Xtifr
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*** In a two-part episode, [[GoldfishPoopGang Team Rocket]] helps an EvilChancellor depose a rightful king and take over TheKingdom. When [[FanNickname the TRio]] try to collect their reward from him, he tells them that he no longer needs them and blasts them away. They respond by pulling a brief HeelFaceTurn and secretly helping Ash and his friends restore the king.

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*** In a two-part episode, [[GoldfishPoopGang Team Rocket]] helps an EvilChancellor depose a rightful king and take over TheKingdom.the Kingdom. When [[FanNickname the TRio]] try to collect their reward from him, he tells them that he no longer needs them and blasts them away. They respond by pulling a brief HeelFaceTurn and secretly helping Ash and his friends restore the king.
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