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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.
22nd Sep '16 10:08:51 AM drwhom
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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 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'', ''worse'']], than farmer Jones, who the animals overthrew near the start.
21st Sep '16 10:57:38 AM Diask
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'''s ({{f|anNickname}}[[SoundEffectBleep *]][[FanNickname cking]]) Ribbons Almark does this quite a bit.

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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'''s ({{f|anNickname}}[[SoundEffectBleep *]][[FanNickname cking]]) Ribbons Almark does this quite a bit.



* The ''{{Franchise/Ys}} II'' OVA has [[BigBad Darm]] off [[TheDragon Dares]] in accordance with this trope. [[VillainBall Even though Dares was actually ''winning''.]]

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* The ''{{Franchise/Ys}} II'' OVA has [[BigBad Darm]] off [[TheDragon Dares]] in accordance with this trope. [[VillainBall Even though though]] Dares was actually ''winning''.]]



* In ''[[Film/{{Firestorm 1998}} Firestorm]]'', Randall Alexander Shaye systematically kills each of the convicts who helped him escape once they's stopped being useful/become a liability.

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* In ''[[Film/{{Firestorm 1998}} Firestorm]]'', ''Film/Firestorm1998'', Randall Alexander Shaye systematically kills each of the convicts who helped him escape once they's stopped being useful/become a liability.



* At the end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[spoiler:Harbinger]] delivers this line to the Collector General, for the crime of letting Shepard blow up the Collector Base and [[spoiler:Reaper prototype]].
** Reapers in general do this to all their indoctrinated slaves, since their ultimate goal is wiping out all advanced species.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Reapers kill their indoctrinated slaves once they are finished with them, since their ultimate goal is wiping out all advanced species.
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At the end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[spoiler:Harbinger]] delivers this line to the Collector General, for the crime of letting Shepard blow up the Collector Base and [[spoiler:Reaper prototype]].
** Reapers in general do this to all their indoctrinated slaves, since their ultimate goal is wiping out all advanced species.
prototype]].



*** Although it's also a case of Shepard refusing to accept anything other than wiping out the Reapers [[spoiler:until the end where s/he learns it's not quite that simple.]] Persumably if Shepard were on board with his plan, s/he'd have Kai Leng's job.
* At the start of ''[[{{Mercenaries}} Mercenaries 2: World In Flames]]'', the player is working for Ramon Solano, a CorruptCorporateExecutive who's friend, a Venezuelan General, is being held for treason. After breaking out the General, Solano decides to kill you before he starts his coup. After many explosions, Oil Rig explosions, castle explosions, and a war between the US and China (with explosions), and TWO nuclear explosions, the Merc finally catches up to Solano. Memo to all would-be dictators; don't piss off a [[SociopathicHero Sociopathic Norwegian]], ScaryBlackMan, or [[LadyOfWar High Class British Military Contractor]].

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*** Although it's also a case of Shepard refusing to accept anything other than wiping out the Reapers [[spoiler:until the end where s/he learns it's not quite that simple.]] Persumably if Shepard were on board with his plan, s/he'd they'd have Kai Leng's job.
* At the start of ''[[{{Mercenaries}} ''[[VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}} Mercenaries 2: World In Flames]]'', the player is working for Ramon Solano, a CorruptCorporateExecutive who's friend, a Venezuelan General, is being held for treason. After breaking out the General, Solano decides to kill you before he starts his coup. After many explosions, Oil Rig explosions, castle explosions, and a war between the US and China (with explosions), and TWO nuclear explosions, the Merc finally catches up to Solano. Memo to all would-be dictators; don't piss off a [[SociopathicHero Sociopathic Norwegian]], ScaryBlackMan, or [[LadyOfWar High Class British Military Contractor]].



* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', [=GlaDOS=] decides to kill Chell after she has all the testing data she needs. In a massive oven, no less.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', ''VideoGame/Portal1'', [=GlaDOS=] decides to kill Chell after she has all the testing data she needs. In a massive oven, no less.



* In ''StarCraft'', Arcturus Mengsk abandons his top lieutenant Sarah Kerrigan to die at the fangs of the ravenous Zerg Swarm as soon as she ensures his ultimate victory. While Mengsk is undeniably a MagnificentBastard, this turns out to be his single greatest mistake, and it comes back to [[WomanScorned bite him in the ass]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge in a major way]].

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* In ''StarCraft'', ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', Arcturus Mengsk abandons his top lieutenant Sarah Kerrigan to die at the fangs of the ravenous Zerg Swarm as soon as she ensures his ultimate victory. While Mengsk is undeniably a MagnificentBastard, this turns out to be his single greatest mistake, and it comes back to [[WomanScorned bite him in the ass]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge in a major way]].



* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', [[spoiler:Van]] uses these words when the villain leaves Ion and the party behind to die once [[spoiler:Luke has doomed Akzeriuth to sink into the core under his direction]]. In a subversion, the appearance of the villain's sister in the party suddenly adds a person the villain ''doesn't'' want to die into the mix -- but since she can save herself (with the minor prize that she'll save the party alongside herself) and the villain knows this, it doesn't change matters.

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* ''Franchise/TalesSeries'':
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', Dhaos callously eviscerates Mars and his henchmen after brainwashing them to free him from prison, even having the gall to tell them they have outlived their usefulness.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', [[spoiler:Remiel]] says almost these exact words to the party at the end of the Journey of Regeneration when he attacks you. He fails.
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In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', [[spoiler:Van]] uses these words when the villain leaves Ion and the party behind to die once [[spoiler:Luke has doomed Akzeriuth to sink into the core under his direction]]. In a subversion, the appearance of the villain's sister in the party suddenly adds a person the villain ''doesn't'' want to die into the mix -- but since she can save herself (with the minor prize that she'll save the party alongside herself) and the villain knows this, it doesn't change matters.



* [[spoiler:Remiel]] says almost these exact words to the party at the end of the Journey of Regeneration in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' when he attacks you. He fails.



* In the video game 'ValkyrieProfile' Covenant of the Plume, you are given the option of sacrificing your characters in exchange for a rather large power boost [[spoiler:though if you do it too much you'll receive the bad ending.]]

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* In the video game 'ValkyrieProfile' Covenant of the Plume, ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileCovenantOfThePlume'', you are given the option of sacrificing your characters in exchange for a rather large power boost [[spoiler:though if you do it too much you'll receive the bad ending.]]



** In ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 2: Tides of Darkness'' ' Orc ending, Ner'Zhul and the player go through a portal and leave the rest of the Horde on Draenor, which is about to be destroyed.
** In ''Warcraft 3'', once Archimonde is summoned the control of the Scourge is handed over to Tichondrius, leaving Arthas, Kel'thuzad, and Ner'zhul as nothing.

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** In ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 2: ''VideoGame/WarcraftII: Tides of Darkness'' ' Orc ending, Ner'Zhul and the player go through a portal and leave the rest of the Horde on Draenor, which is about to be destroyed.
** In ''Warcraft 3'', ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'', once Archimonde is summoned the control of the Scourge is handed over to Tichondrius, leaving Arthas, Kel'thuzad, and Ner'zhul as nothing.



* Subverted in ''TheLittleDrummerBoy'', Ben Haramad sells Aaron's camel after one of those used by the Three Kings falls under the load it's carrying. A disgusted Aaron rejects the final pay from that sale and storms off. When Ali tries to go after him, Ben Haramad tells him that Aaron is free to go ''because'' he had outlived his usefulness.

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* Subverted in ''TheLittleDrummerBoy'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleDrummerBoy'', Ben Haramad sells Aaron's camel after one of those used by the Three Kings falls under the load it's carrying. A disgusted Aaron rejects the final pay from that sale and storms off. When Ali tries to go after him, Ben Haramad tells him that Aaron is free to go ''because'' he had outlived his usefulness.
13th Sep '16 2:29:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': When TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt comes knocking, the dragons get rid of all their dragon knight servants/partners/protectors [[KillItWithFire rather spectacularly]] before [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere getting the hell out of Dodge]] through the same portal as the humans.
8th Sep '16 7:13:45 AM Reflextion
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* [[http://www.villainsource.com/lairs.html Helpful Tip: Keep your secret lair a SECRET]].

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* [[http://www.villainsource.com VillainSource]]'s [[http://www.villainsource.com/lairs.html Helpful Tip: Keep your Lairs & Bases page]] advises prospective villains to do this with their construction crews once their lairs are complete, because "A Secret Lair isn't so secret lair with a SECRET]].couple of hundred ex-construction workers wandering the globe, blabbing to bar patrons about the secret shark trap you built into your underwater grotto."
7th Sep '16 7:30:45 PM ZimFan89
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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', the [[VillainTeamUp alliance]] between Lucius Malfoy and Baron Von Strucker comes to a sudden end when [[spoiler: Malfoy decides [[GeneralFailure Strucker]] is a liability and kills him (after drugging him and stealing the secrets of controlling the Winter Soldier), seizing control of HYDRA in the process.]]
3rd Sep '16 8:32:29 PM foxley
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* ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'': In "Sleeping With the Enemy", TheMole does this to one of his underlings; detonating the bomb he has just finished constructing in an attempt to make the NCIS team think that the underling was the mastermind and that he has just accidentally blown himself up, taking all of the explosives with him.
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