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28th Jun '16 6:54:22 PM Adept
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* ''OHenri'': "Boulivard cannot carry two."

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* ''OHenri'': ''Literature/OHenri'': "Boulivard cannot carry two."



* The [[spoiler:octospiders]] in [[strike:Gentry Lee]] ArthurCClarke's sequels to ''RendezvousWithRama'' are ''good'' guys who do this. To themselves, voluntarily.

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* The [[spoiler:octospiders]] in [[strike:Gentry Lee]] ArthurCClarke's sequels to ''RendezvousWithRama'' ''Literature/RendezvousWithRama'' are ''good'' guys who do this. To themselves, voluntarily.
27th Jun '16 4:18:55 PM Divra
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* ^''Film/GrossePointBlank'' has a rather touching subversion. Martin Blank has, throughout the film, been set up as a ruthless and highly efficient hitman. Towards the end of the film, when he realizes he has to go on the run and possibly abandon his career, he orders his assistant/secretary Marcella to cover their traces, and then tells her to look under her desk. She immediately freezes up, expecting this trope to be in force, and looks under the desk. There is a package duct taped there... but it turns out to be a huge bundle of cash.

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* ^''Film/GrossePointBlank'' ''Film/GrossePointeBlank'' has a rather touching subversion. Martin Blank has, throughout the film, been set up as a ruthless and highly efficient hitman. Towards the end of the film, when he realizes he has to go on the run and possibly abandon his career, he orders his assistant/secretary Marcella to cover their traces, and then tells her to look under her desk. She immediately freezes up, expecting this trope to be in force, and looks under the desk. There is a package duct taped there... but it turns out to be a huge bundle of cash.
27th Jun '16 3:03:24 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the Creator/GeorgeOrwell novel ''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 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 ''AnimalFarm'', ''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 no better, or possibly even ''worse'', than farmer Jones, who the animals overthrew near the start.



* In ''Blonde Genius'' by JTEdson, cat burglar Gus Saunders is ejected from a plane without a parachute when after he has served TheSyndicate's purpose by robbing Bekinsop's Academy.

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* In ''Blonde Genius'' by JTEdson, Creator/JTEdson, cat burglar Gus Saunders is ejected from a plane without a parachute when after he has served TheSyndicate's purpose by robbing Bekinsop's Academy.
27th Jun '16 3:02:37 PM Divra
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*^''Film/GrossePointBlank'' has a rather touching subversion. Martin Blank has, throughout the film, been set up as a ruthless and highly efficient hitman. Towards the end of the film, when he realizes he has to go on the run and possibly abandon his career, he orders his assistant/secretary Marcella to cover their traces, and then tells her to look under her desk. She immediately freezes up, expecting this trope to be in force, and looks under the desk. There is a package duct taped there... but it turns out to be a huge bundle of cash.
26th Jun '16 10:36:57 AM DoctorTItanX
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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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** [[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 events, this leaves his death toll among characters the individuals [[NominalImportance who actually have names]] rather low.]]



** Furthermore, the BigBad of the final arc, [[spoiler:Yhwach, kills Luders Friegen after the latter finished his task]].
*** One of his subordinates 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 his energy absorption ability, which subsequently kills said subordinate]].

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** Furthermore, the BigBad of the final arc, recent events, [[spoiler:Yhwach, kills Luders Friegen after the latter finished his task]].
*** One of his subordinates the Sternritter 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 his Auswählen, his energy absorption ability, which subsequently kills said subordinate]].
23rd Jun '16 10:15:32 AM nighttrainfm
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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.

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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, true form, but considering who we're talking about he'd probably label it a happy accident.
20th Jun '16 12:55:24 AM foxley
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* ''ComicBook/JonahHex'': In #10 of the original series, el Papagayo has his men transport the stolen gold across a rickety rope bridge. When they have carried the majority of of it across, he cuts the bridge down while they are on it so he will not have to share the gold.
12th Jun '16 1:14:00 PM LtFedora
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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 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.

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** Kai Winn has no qualms about doing this with [[spoiler: Vedek Bareil. After he's injured during the middle of sensitive negotiations with Cardassia, she pushes for more extreme treatments right up until the treaty is signed. Then she says it's time to pull the plug.]]
** The ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' episode "Starship mine" Mine" also contains an instance of this. Kelsey, the leader of a terrorist group trying to [[EmptyQuiver steal the highly 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.
3rd Jun '16 6:48:35 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''TheTransformersIDW'' ''Autocracy'' Megatron and Orion Pax join forces against Zeta Primes oppressive rule, after Zeta Prime was shot by Megatron, he soon shoots Orion Pax, stating he has served his purpose.

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* In ''TheTransformersIDW'' ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'' ''Autocracy'' Megatron and Orion Pax join forces against Zeta Primes oppressive rule, after Zeta Prime was shot by Megatron, he soon shoots Orion Pax, stating he has served his purpose.
3rd Jun '16 12:43:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'', after the first two version of their plan, which attempted to take advantage of Trent Easton's political connections, fail, [[BlondGuysAreEvil Mr. Blonde]] reveals his alien nature and dispatches Easton in a combination of YouHaveFailedMe and this trope. When the last, least subtle plan is thwarted as well, the Skedar imprison their other ally, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Cassandra DeVries]], for the same reasons.

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* In ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'', after the first two version of their plan, which attempted to take advantage of Trent Easton's political connections, fail, [[BlondGuysAreEvil Mr. Blonde]] Blonde reveals his alien nature and dispatches Easton in a combination of YouHaveFailedMe and this trope. When the last, least subtle plan is thwarted as well, the Skedar imprison their other ally, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Cassandra DeVries]], for the same reasons.
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