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17th Sep '17 11:53:37 PM Linda58
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*** In the opening bank robbery, nonetheless, the Joker walks away with the entire $68 million haul for himself, tricking his clowns into shooting each other, and only needing to kill ''one'' person (the bus driver).

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*** In the opening bank robbery, nonetheless, the Joker walks away with the entire $68 million haul for himself, tricking his clowns into shooting each other, and only needing to kill ''one'' person (the bus driver).driver). This seemingly relies on a degree of stupidity and/or [[GenreBlind Genre Blindness]] from the clowns: they're told to kill someone once he's done his part...and don't realize the same will happen to them. One guy ''does'' catch one when he learns another clown was told to do this, but is wrong in who kills him.



** In ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', Angelo Palazzi, the impersonator, demanded a raise immediately before his mission of stealing the nuclear warhead. He 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 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. Whether or not this was always the plan, or only done because he demanded more money is unclear.
17th Sep '17 6:10:14 PM nombretomado
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* The [[spoiler:octospiders]] in [[strike:Gentry Lee]] ArthurCClarke's sequels to ''Literature/RendezvousWithRama'' are ''good'' guys who do this. To themselves, voluntarily.

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* The [[spoiler:octospiders]] in [[strike:Gentry Lee]] ArthurCClarke's Creator/ArthurCClarke's sequels to ''Literature/RendezvousWithRama'' are ''good'' guys who do this. To themselves, voluntarily.
5th Sep '17 5:45:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'', it combines with a VillainousBreakdown as the Joker responds to his own master plan's failure by requesting a handgun from his most loyal psycho-henchman Bob, only to shoot Bob point-blank for not telling him Batman "had one of those... things!"
5th Sep '17 5:20:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Batman}} 1989'': Has him pretend to work with the mobsters of Gotham, and then just decide to kill them all on a whim.
5th Sep '17 5:20:12 AM Morgenthaler
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*** In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', [[spoiler:ComicBook/TheJoker reveals that he has done this to a long chain of Harley Quinns before the present one. He tries to do the same to her. However, she subverts it by escaping him and letting herself be put in prison]].
** He also does this often to allies, teammates and partners he doesn't particularly like - adaptations have made this a character trait: after getting what he wanted he tends to screw over the poor fools who thought it would be a good idea to work with him:
*** ''Film/{{Batman}} 1989'': Has him pretend to work with the mobsters of Gotham, and then just decide to kill them all on a whim.
*** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has him do this to Lex Luthor - granted, Luthor tried to kill him, but it's implied that Joker knew that would happen and had been planning this: this being stealing Luthor's prototype flying wing and blow up half of Metropolis.
*** In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' he does this twice: first against some big game hunter who hired him to steal an endangered species of leopard for him to hunt. Joker brings him the leopards, receives a pair of hyenas in return, and then immediately gasses the hunter so he can use his range to hunt Batman. Later, he eventually does this to Wrath and Scorn, who fail to realize that just because they think they're helping criminals doesn't mean Joker wants them to do his job for him.
*** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'' has him do this to Black Mask - who hires him to kill the Red Hood. In order to get Hood's attention, he ties up the mobsters of Gotham, both the ones that work for Hood and Black Mask himself, and set them all on fire. Luckily Batman shows up this time.

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*** ** In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', [[spoiler:ComicBook/TheJoker reveals that he has done this to a long chain of Harley Quinns before the present one. He tries to do the same to her. However, she subverts it by escaping him and letting herself be put in prison]].
** He also does this often to allies, teammates and partners he doesn't particularly like - adaptations have made this a character trait: after getting what he wanted he tends to screw over the poor fools who thought it would be a good idea to work with him:
*** ''Film/{{Batman}} 1989'': Has him pretend to work with the mobsters of Gotham, and then just decide to kill them all on a whim.
*** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has him do this to Lex Luthor - granted, Luthor tried to kill him, but it's implied that Joker knew that would happen and had been planning this: this being stealing Luthor's prototype flying wing and blow up half of Metropolis.
*** In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' he does this twice: first against some big game hunter who hired him to steal an endangered species of leopard for him to hunt. Joker brings him the leopards, receives a pair of hyenas in return, and then immediately gasses the hunter so he can use his range to hunt Batman. Later, he eventually does this to Wrath and Scorn, who fail to realize that just because they think they're helping criminals doesn't mean Joker wants them to do his job for him.
*** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'' has him do this to Black Mask - who hires him to kill the Red Hood. In order to get Hood's attention, he ties up the mobsters of Gotham, both the ones that work for Hood and Black Mask himself, and set them all on fire. Luckily Batman shows up this time.
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'' has the Joker do this to Black Mask - who hires him to kill the Red Hood. In order to get Hood's attention, he ties up the mobsters of Gotham, both the ones that work for Hood and Black Mask himself, and set them all on fire. Luckily Batman shows up this time.


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* ''Film/{{Batman}} 1989'': Has him pretend to work with the mobsters of Gotham, and then just decide to kill them all on a whim.


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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has the Joker do this to Lex Luthor - granted, Luthor tried to kill him, but it's implied that Joker knew that would happen and had been planning this: this being stealing Luthor's prototype flying wing and blow up half of Metropolis.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' the Joker does this twice: first against some big game hunter who hired him to steal an endangered species of leopard for him to hunt. Joker brings him the leopards, receives a pair of hyenas in return, and then immediately gasses the hunter so he can use his range to hunt Batman. Later, he eventually does this to Wrath and Scorn, who fail to realize that just because they think they're helping criminals doesn't mean Joker wants them to do his job for him.
4th Sep '17 6:43:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker from Franchise/{{Batman}} often does this with his henchmen after he feels they have fulfilled their purpose. Or even if they [[AxCrazy haven't, really]].

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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker from Franchise/{{Batman}} often does this with his henchmen after he feels they have fulfilled their purpose. Or even if they [[AxCrazy haven't, really]].



*** In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', [[spoiler:SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker reveals that he has done this to a long chain of Harley Quinns before the present one. He tries to do the same to her. However, she subverts it by escaping him and letting herself be put in prison]].

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*** In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', [[spoiler:SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker [[spoiler:ComicBook/TheJoker reveals that he has done this to a long chain of Harley Quinns before the present one. He tries to do the same to her. However, she subverts it by escaping him and letting herself be put in prison]].



*** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker does this to the entire mob, who hire him to take out Batman only to wish they hadn't as Joker's machinations ruin and eventually kill them - the only one who doesn't get killed by Joker is Maroni, who gets Two-Face set on him instead.

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*** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker does this to the entire mob, who hire him to take out Batman only to wish they hadn't as Joker's machinations ruin and eventually kill them - the only one who doesn't get killed by Joker is Maroni, who gets Two-Face set on him instead.
4th Sep '17 6:17:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/{{Arawn}}'': The Black Cauldron is constantly trying to pull this on its current owner, seducing a new one and then enticing them to feed it their predecessor's body and soul. Defied in the case of Owen after the Cauldron convinces him to resurrect Arawn as its new vessel: the Cauldron immediately tries to eat him but Arawn's loyalty to his friend forces the Cauldron to back down.
2nd Sep '17 10:13:33 PM Darthcaliber
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** although actually Destro was likely killed when the prison was blown up. Also in an earlier script draft Cobra Commander shoots him after delivering the line.
29th Aug '17 9:30:22 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': In "It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester", Samhain does this to the witch who raised him. Not a nice way to reward several ''hundred'' years of summoning.
** And in season five, the demon Crowley helps the Winchesters in trying to stop the Apocalypse because he believes [[TheDevil Lucifer]] is going to pull this trope on the demons once he's won. He's right.
** Invoked by Dean in "Point Of No Return", where he says he'll only agree to become [[ArchAngelMichael Michael's]] host if Michael pulls this on Zachariah first. After all, who's more important now?

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
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In "It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester", Samhain does this to the witch who raised him. Not a nice way to reward several ''hundred'' years of summoning.
** And in season five, the demon Crowley helps the Winchesters in trying to stop the Apocalypse because he believes [[TheDevil [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] is going to pull this trope on the demons once he's won. He's right.
** Invoked by Dean in "Point Of No Return", where he says he'll only agree to become [[ArchAngelMichael [[ArchangelMichael Michael's]] host if Michael pulls this on Zachariah first. After all, who's more important now?
29th Aug '17 8:15:50 AM hubakon1368
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* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/11652651 Avengers: Civil War]]'', [[spoiler:Zemo kills the woman he had impersonate Wanda Maximoff to leave her body for the Avengers to find as part of his TakingYouWithMe gambit.]]

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* {{Creator/madsthenerdygirl}}'s ''Fanfic/MCURewrites'': In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/11652651 Avengers: Civil War]]'', [[spoiler:Zemo kills the woman he had impersonate Wanda Maximoff to leave her body for the Avengers to find as part of his TakingYouWithMe gambit.]]
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